COLLAGE ON VIEW
Cuando el recuerdo se convierte en polvo [When Memory Turns to Dust]
Online at The Exhibit in Miami, Florida, USA
1 August-27 October 2020
The fields of Cuba, El Malecón, the sugar harvest, portraits of women and men of different social classes, vintage cars, iconic characters, the big city, women in contrasting settings, the guano hat, the military uniform, diverse scenarios of Cuban geography and other regions: these constitute the micro-stories gathered in the photocollage series, “Cuando el recuerdo se convierte en polvo” [When Memory Turns to Dust] by Cuban artist Ricardo Miguel Hernández.
Hernández accumulates photographs from the 1920s to the 1980s and classifies them by themes, formats and representation possibilities. Each cut or addition constitutes a micro-document that, when paired with another part of a different file, becomes a new aesthetic statement, loaded with readings and conceptual derivations as diverse as the possible connections that the artist achieves during the work process. From the language of photography, the author becomes an autocrat who chooses at will the disposable fragments of almost forgotten realities, to show that it is elastic, that it is re-constructed beyond literal limits. The works are resurrected testaments of a society, mainly Cuban, that basks in nostalgia, in worn out social narratological paradigms, in the entelechy of an uncertain present and a blurred future.
This exhibition was curated by Yenny Hernández Valdés and is sponsored by the South Florida Latin American Photography Forum.
(text adapted from the venue’s press materials)
Miami, Florida, USA