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ACTIVISMO: ART & DISSIDENCE IN CUBA
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018
6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
ROOM 122, MAIN CLASSROOM BUILDING, NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
Free and Open to the public. No reservations necessary.
Learn more about Philip Sugden & Carole Elchert’s documentary—Activismo: Art & Dissidence in Cuba—which explores the power of art to transform societies and improve human conditions. Carole Elchert will discuss the social, cultural, environmental, political context of contemporary Cuba featuring prominent Cuban activist-dissident artists and explains how they use conceptual, controversial artwork or performance, not only to inspire people and governments to action, but also to advance the function and purpose of art. With imagery and quotations, she will discuss facets of the artists’ lives, their artwork and personal convictions from taped interviews conducted in a December, 2015 trip to Havana, Cuba, and to studios in New York, Ohio, and Miami.
Carole Elchert’s work as a writer includes performance prose, speeches, essays, short stories, novellas, and Sketches from the High Country, an award-winning portfolio of prints and essays. With artist Philip Sugden, Elchert organized the 1988 Cultural Arts Expedition to Tibet and the Himalayas—collaborating with artists from three countries. Currently Sugden and Elchert are creating the documentary, Activismo: Art & Dissidence in Cuba with six of Cuba’s most prominent dissident-artist-activists.