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This Is Cuba: Documentary Photography after Fidel

Exhibition, 29 April - 23 June 2019

  • Date11 April 2019

The exhibition is curated by Dr James Clifford Kent (SMLLC/Centre for Visual Cultures) and Sarah Creed (Exhibitions Curator, RHUL) and will be held in the Exhibition Space, Emily Wilding Davison Building

Dr James Kent, Fidel Castro's funeral in Cuba - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Photograph taken in Havana following the death of Castro by James Kent

Following a period of momentous change for Cuba, signified by the end of the Castro era, this new exhibition will explore contemporary documentary photography and its role in representing the country and its people both inside and outside the island. Showcasing work by world-renowned photographers such as Raúl Cañibano and Michael Christopher Brown, the exhibition will include previously unseen photographs that offer a snapshot of the changing face of Cuba.

The free exhibition draws on Dr Kent's expertise on photography and visual culture in contemporary Cuba, which was the subject of his recent monograph Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana (Palgrave, 2018). His most recent work has focused specifically on the presence of iconic revolutionary images in contemporary Cuban society and the relationship between photography, language and identity.

This free exhibition, open until 23 June 2019, will also be complimented by a series of talks and workshops around photographic practice, language and visual culture.


Running alongside the exhibition are a series of exciting free events and workshops, including: 


April 30th, 12-1 pm: Artist Exhibition Tour: in focus talk with Raúl Cañibano 

Event Space and Exhibition Space, Emily Wilding Davison Building 


May 2nd, 12-1 pm: Artist Exhibition Tour: in focus talk with Raúl Cañibano

Event Space and Exhibition Space, Emily Wilding Davison Building


May 7th, 2-3:30 pm: Film screening of Chico and Rita (dir. Tono Errando, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, 2010) 

Shilling Lecture Theatre, Shilling Building


May 9th, 6-8 pm:  Film screening of Juan of the Dead  (dir. Alejandro Brugués, 2010)

Shilling Lecture Theatre, Shilling Building


May 16th, 2-4 pm: Interactive workshop: This Is Cuba: Images and Words

Event Space and Exhibition Space, Emily Wilding Davison Building


May 16th, 6-7:30 pm: Film screening of Hard Rock Havana  (dir. Nicholas Brennan, 2009), with director Q&A.

Shilling Lecture Theatre, Shilling Building


There are also special curator's tours by Dr Kent and late exhibition openings where you can try your hand at photography using our Instax cameras. 

Please see the This Is Cuba Events Programme attached for full details of these great events, as well as links for booking. If you would like any further information about This Is Cuba, please contact Dr Kent directly (


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