Carlos Garaicoa

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

“Got it!” you say to yourself when you make out the graffitied slogan NI CRISTO NI MARX NI BAKUNIN in the photo of the same title by Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa. But the catch, for those who take the time to look a little more closely, is that the posters seen above the slogan seem to be written in Catalan—or more precisely, as Garaicoa explains, in the dialect of Valencia (just south of Catalonia, on the Spanish coast), where he took the photo in 1996 as part of a larger series on urban graffiti.

So much for quick takes on Cuba today. Not a bit of this exhibition of photographs, drawings, and video and other installations, ingeniously inserted in the nooks and crannies of the MEP’s grotto-like lower level (full of history and charm but devoid of windows), was either instantaneous or insular. Photos taken in Venezuela or South Africa, for example, are literally “prolonged” in hand-drawn

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