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Diago: the Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present

02 February - 05 May
Organized by: Ethelbert Cooper Gallery
Venue: The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art
The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Harvard University
102 Mt Auburn St

Curated by Alejandro de la Fuente Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center


Juan Roberto Diago is a leading member of the new Afro-Cuban cultural movement, which has valiantly denounced the persistence of racism and discrimination in Cuban society. This exhibition of twenty-five mixed-media and installation artworks traces Diago’s vibrant career from the mid-1990s, when he began to construct a revisionist history of the Cuban nation from the experience of a person of African descent. It is a history of enslavement and cultural loss, but also of resilience and recovery, the kind of history that is required in this Afro-Cuban present.