Cuban artists on racism in Cuba
For years now, I've been writing about the harsh racist attitudes and realities of contemporary Cuban society in Cuba's "Worker's Paradise". And a while back I barked at the Congressional Black Caucus' spectacular ignorance of the plight and long history of oppression of Afro-Cubans by a long line of racist Cuban governments, including the Castro brothers' never-ending brutal dictatorship.
I sent a copy of this post and commentary to every single member of the Congressional Black Caucus; not a single one responded.
And now, a traveling art exhibition, by Cuban artists, partially showcases what I have been talking about for a long time:
"Rebellion is in the air. Whether in the cities of Africa and the Middle East, or within disparate communities of artists, people are examining the current status of human rights and finding it lacking.
While street crowds are forcing political change, the literati are prodding more benign conversation about perceived inequities.
A case in point is the taboo-bashing exhibition "Queloides: Race & Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art" at the Mattress Factory. "Queloides" translates as "keloids," protruding scars caused by trauma, which exhibition curators apply to the wounds racism has inflicted upon the body politic."
Armando Marino's The Raft, part of the Queloides exhibit at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh - Photo by Tom Little
Read the review by Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, here.