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“Kindred Spirits”: a Cuban U.S American perspective

An exhibition of the work of ten Cuban artists settled near the Hudson River in New Jersey will run until December 9th. Their cultural background contributed to the formation of a discussion about the issues of a revolutionary identity.


Marcella Via


Identity is an abstract and multi-faceted concept people adopt to give a meaning to themselves and to the world they live in. In other words, identity is at the basis of the understanding of the self, by differentiating it from the other.

This concept works both for individuals and groups. In the second case, people are bonded with each other by a common history and culture, among other factors. For example, common traits that create a national identity are language, and the sense of belonging generated by traditional practices such as music or cuisine.

When migration takes place, the identity of migrants shifts, as it is subject to a process of negotiation between the national identity and the one of the host country. Within this context, the different facets of Cuban American identity set the basis of an interesting dialogue about formal and informal cultural issues.

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This topic se explora in “Kindred Spirits, ten artists by the Hudson”. The event represents a further link between the Hudson River School and Cuban Romanticism, which started in the 19th century.

The event is an artistic exhibition of the work of ten Cuban artists who are settled in New Jersey, curated by Anelys Alvarez.

The organiser points out that “several works in the show relate to language for different purposes: the relationship between text and image becomes a way to address questions about originality, innovation, art functionality and transcendence for Douglas Arguelles; or to delve into the intersection of abstraction and conceptual art in Jorge Wellesley’s Morse Coded phrases and words”.

Danay Vigoa focuses on “the influence of written language and typography in how we see and interact with the world. While Vigoa uses words to relate to her childhood, Kenia Arguiñao records her dreams—both the dates and the stories—in a journal, to later turn them into visual language.

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Meanwhile the practice of William Pérez and of Armando Guiller lives in the vortex of art and science as they investigate the tensions and dialogues between opposites and the aesthetics found in the principles of duality, geometry and nature”.

For this reason, the event offers a unique opportunity to explore the different shifts in Cuban identity, beyond the experience of Miami and Manhattan. The exhibition will be accompanied by a variety of programs including a panel discussion and a concert.

“Kindred Spirits, ten artists by the Hudson” will take place until December 9 at the Fewell Gallery, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33 134. For further information, please visit   Coralgablesmuseum and the Facebook event page or Instagram.

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