As I See Cuba (Como Veo Cuba) Photography Exibition
Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, G12 8AP
1 – 27 February, 2020
Celebrating 500 years of Havana with an exhibition of photographs taken in Cuba by Roberto Chile (Havana) and Dougie Souness (Glasgow).
In November, Cuba celebrated the 500th anniversary of its capital city Havana. Twinned with Glasgow in 2002, this city was the focus of a unique photography exhibition ‘As I See Cuba (Como Veo Cuba)’ by two distinguished photographers: Roberto Chile from Havana and Dougie Souness from Glasgow.
The first showing of the exhibition was hosted by Street Level Photoworks at Trongate 103 in Glasgow from 02 November – 20 December 2019. Due to its overwhelming success, a second showing is being hosted by Street Level Photowork’s offsite programme at Hillhead Library in Glasgow’s West End from until 27 February 2020.
The exhibition features images, in colour and black and white, which represent the personal viewpoints of the island from both photographers, although the resulting whole is a compelling and cohesive vision – the result of close collaboration from afar.
Cuban born Roberto Chile made his first visit to Scotland for the exhibition’s first showing in November. “It was a great moment of satisfaction to show my photographs in Glasgow, with Dougie Souness, whom I admire for his talent and his love for Cuba. It undoubtedly strengthens the links between the cities of Glasgow and Havana. My stay in Scotland was an unforgettable experience that enriched my spirit and brought new strength to my heart,” remarked Chile.
A selection of works from the exhibition was also shown in Havana at the end of November as part of British Week there, where the Havana Glasgow Film Festival was curating a series of films and events to showcase Scotland in Cuba.
“It is a tremendous honour to be collaborating with a photographer of the standing of Roberto Chile,” commented Glasgow-born Souness. “His work is very inspirational to me. Never did I imagine whilst wandering around Cuba with my camera that I would be exhibiting those very pictures here in Glasgow and then in Havana, so helping to cement the cultural bond that exists between both wonderful cities.”
HGFF founder Eirene Houston said, “The work of these two wonderful photographers embodies not only the spirit of Havana but the humanism which connects our two great cities and our ways of seeing them.”
Malcolm Dickson, director of Street Level Photoworks added, “We are delighted to be partnering with HGFF in presenting this exhibition of work which embodies an exuberance of style and content that is characteristic of the culture of Cuba. It further strengthens the link between the twin cities.”
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