JOE GUERRIERO: WAITING FOR NORMAL- Cuba and the United States
October 22, 2020 to January 17, 2021
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People feel an undeniable attraction to Cuba after visiting even once. It’s mostly about the people—their warmth and friendliness, their art, music and culture. However, it is almost impossible to photograph or create art in Cuba without capturing the effects of the embargo.
Photographer Joe Guerriero’s photography and film work does just that, reflecting more than 20 years of spending time with the Cuban people and experiencing first hand the effects of the United States’ continuing embargo of the island. He shows how the embargo affects the lives not only of Cubans but of those Cuban-Americans who still have relatives in Cuba.
Joe has personally witnessed the great hope that the Cuban people feel about certain U.S. policy changes. He has also witnessed the current backtracking of this policy. No one yet knows where it will go or how it will affect the Cuban people.
Change IS coming from within, even if at a crawl, possibly by design, from the Cuban government. Yet —from the U.S.—antagonism still prevails, and there continues to be uncertainty for the future.
It is Joe’s hope that his work will continue to bring the awareness that is necessary to restore a normalcy to the relationship between our country and our Cuban neighbors.
Image Detail BIRD IN A CAGE (1999) © Joe Guerriero
Carl Alberico, Alan Andrews, Alan Rosenthal, Diana F. Cramer,
Navroz & Binaifer Dabu, Michael DeSalvo & Nick Orth, Margrit Diehl,
Lanny Freshman & Rae Kramer, Steve Halebsky, M. Russell & F. Marion Lee,
Chris Riley & Mark Feldman, Christopher Jamison, Sigrid Meinel,
Alan Rosenthal, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, and Mary Ann Zepptello
Bruce & Kathy Coville, Annemarie Deegan, Chris Flynn, Julia Ganson, GEGENSATZ PRESS,
Ruth Heller-1199SEIU, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas,
Kim & Steve Linkenhoker, Jeremy McKay, Diane Murphy, Lleni Pach,
George Savage, Laurie Gilmore Selleck, Jeff Unaitis, Peter Waack,
Shailia Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff
The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation,
Onondaga County/CNY Arts, Bousqet Holstein, PLLC,
Anonymous, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Caroline Cargo,
Therese A. Deegan, Edgewood Gallery, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash,
Ann Jamison, Lauren & Walter Melnikow,
Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Shirley & Larry Novak,
Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Vince Sgambati,
Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, and Susie Weiss
COVID-19 SPECIAL BENEFACTORS:
City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, CNY Arts COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund,
The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York in partnership with Cooperative Federal,
Therese A. Deegan, Mike Greenlar & Linda Bogart-Greenlar,
Ruth Heller -1199SEIU, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Humanities NY,
Robin Kasowitz- Art to Heart Project, Karen Kerney,
Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Jeremy McKay,
Ellen Schwartz, and Sarah Stuart-Mcllvain
SUSTAINING SPONSORS: Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith