The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art

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      UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (6393 Northwest Marine Drive) presents Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art now until November 2.

      The exhibit reveals age-old cultural and religious Afro-Cuban traditions in contemporary art and features a diverse group of 31 Cuban contemporary artists. Two themes emerge in the exhibit: insight into contemporary Afro-Cuban cultural and religious traditions, and an intense dialogue on the complex racial issues affecting Cuba today.

      “Without Masks gives us opportunities to broaden our understanding of issues of global concern, such as racism today,” Nuno Porto, curatorial liason for Without Masks, stated in a news release. “The Afro-Cuban struggle for recognition and social equity in contemporary Cuba resonate with challenges faced by communities all over the world, including here.” 

      Curator Orlando Hernández has chosen a collection of artwork that represents a diverse cross-section of Cuban artists—from the internationally renowned to street and folk artists. A total of 85 works span a range of media including painting on canvas and wood, watercolour, drawing, printing, collage, patchwork, installation, soft-sculpture, photography, video-installation, and video art.

      Admission to the Museum of Anthropology is $14.50 to $16.75 and $9 on Tuesday evenings. Visit the Museum of Anthropology website for details.