Our friend and magnificent artist Alejandro Gortazar is delighted to be inviting you now to the opening of his new place 13 The Gallery. In celebration of this and Black History month, this first exhibition reveals a Cuba beyond the clichés of salsa, rundown buildings, rum, cigars and revolution.
Having been granted special permission to visit protected nature reserves, which are inaccessible to both foreign visitors and locals, Gortazar travelled the island incessantly, exploring remote areas and capturing the timeless essence and beauty of Cuba. This photographic work is the result of Gortazar’s great love for his people and his land, together with his mastery of light, balance, perspective, definition, colour temperature and vibrancy. He utilises both film a manually operated digital cameras, and carries out his own careful developing and printing with pigments on high quality media –that his images are often thought to be paintings speaks of the perfection Gortazar achieves.
Cuba, Treasured Island brings to Islington (London) the energy and luminosity of Cuba, with its people living in harmony with their natural environment. “They may have old clothes but they also have real happiness”, says Gortazar.
13th October 2012 until the 6th November
13 The Gallery
13 Green Lanes, Newingnton Green
London N16 9BS
Born in 1973 in Havana, Cuba, after a well-established and extensive career in his homeland as a professional photographer and journalist, Gortazar came to London in the summer of 2009. A year later, following seven international exhibitions, he opened his studio-gallery in the unique Latin American and Caribbean Seven Sisters Indoor Market. A further year and with five more international exhibitions, he was expanding his business to the local high street, in Newington Green. A serious accident Gortazar suffereed in Sri Lanka, at the beginning of the year, slowed down the renovation of the decaying space that he has succesfully turned into 13 The Gallery.
More about Alejandro Gortazar: www.gortazar.net
Supported By Latinos in London