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CUBANEO

Cuba, Cuba in Transition, Photo-collage, Photo-mosaic, Photocollage, Photomosaic

CUBANEO is a new traveling exhibition of photo-mosaic murals and interviews set to a soundtrack of soulful Cuban music. The most attended show in the 40-year history of APE Gallery, it opened in Northampton, MA in June 2017. A portal to Cuba, the mosaics measure up to 15 feet long and are handmade by taping together thousands of 4x6” photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop is used.

Culled from dozens of audio interviews Guglielmo recorded and conducted in Spanish, diverse Cuban voices and perspectives are presented on portable mp3 players. A catalyst for conversations about some of the most important issues of our time, it travels to Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston this October then to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba in February 2018. Curated by David Guerra.

View opening reception video, press, and full exhibition info. Here's a sneak peek.

Che Vive | Che Lives

Che Vive | Che Lives

Photo-mosaic, 54x42, 2016

Eighty square 6x6" photo-mosaics. Each took between 1 and 3 hours. A mash-up of Alberto Korda's iconic image with Chuck Close's method, only I use photo-mosaic instead of paint. Father of the Cuban revolution, constructed by hand with thousands of patchwork images of Cuba today, revealing a complex legacy.

"Breathtaking. I can't remember the last time art on a wall had such an impact on me."

"Breathtaking. I can't remember the last time art on a wall had such an impact on me."

-Bob Cilman

El Coche Verde | The Green Car, Havana

El Coche Verde | The Green Car, Havana

Photo-mosaic, 68x94, 2016

I happened upon this scene in Habana Vieja. A solitary man, without parts, without tools, reviving his car. Progress was glacial, but evident. Everyone focuses on the shiny old cars. But they all start here. He said the engine is an '82 Toyota, the body a late 50s American model. Classic Cuban ingenuity.

"Mesmerizing. The opening of hidden worlds."

"Mesmerizing. The opening of hidden worlds."

-Olivia Kiers, Art New England

El Pintor Lincoln Camué | The Painter Lincoln Camué, Santiago de Cuba

El Pintor Lincoln Camué | The Painter Lincoln Camué, Santiago de Cuba

Photo-mosaic, 50x94, 2015

Portraits of Afro-Cuban women in a store-front window caught my eye. As I approached, a voice beckoned me in. It was Lincoln Camué (82), the renowned painter and this was his studio, a room at the front of his home. We talked for an hour, connecting as artists. I returned a week later to chat some more.

"So rare and intense, they put those painting portraits I saw in the Vatican to shame."

"So rare and intense, they put those painting portraits I saw in the Vatican to shame."

-Wyeth A.

Callejón de Hamel, Havana

Callejón de Hamel, Havana

Photo-mosaic, 36x132, 2016

Every Sunday this block rocks to the rumba rhythms. Closed off to traffic and surrounded by hundreds of feet of building-high murals by Cuban artist Salvador Gonzáles Escalon, it's the perfect place to get lost in the power and soulful beauty of Afro-Cuban music.

"Rendered speechless. Trying to find words to express this awe and joy."

"Rendered speechless. Trying to find words to express this awe and joy."

-GBH

El Asado de Cerdo | The Pig Roast, Santiago de Cuba

El Asado de Cerdo | The Pig Roast, Santiago de Cuba

Photo-mosaic, 38x75, 2015

We went over Ernesto's friend's house, through the living room and kitchen, and down the back stairs into the basement. Six of his neighborhood friends were roasting a pig on a home-made spit, talking shop.

"A revolutionary masterpiece for this generation and beyond."

"A revolutionary masterpiece for this generation and beyond."

-Martin Jones

Yosnel en Vallé de Viñales | Yosnel in Viñales Valley

Yosnel en Vallé de Viñales | Yosnel in Viñales Valley

Photo-mosaic, 2016, 36x128

We rode with Yosnel for 5 hours, galloping, bodies in unison, flying through the Cuban outback, pounding the dirt, slicing through space.

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"Me transporto a Cuba. No tengo palabras para describir mis emociones."

"Me transporto a Cuba. No tengo palabras para describir mis emociones."