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Cuba Si ! Bloqueo No ! Looking at Cuba

Friday, October 13, 2017

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. 

Uri-Eichen Gallery
2101 S Halsted chicago, IL 60608
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Cuba Si, Bloqueo No!
Recent Photographs and Films Looking at Revolutionary Cuba
Friday, October 13 Through Friday, November 3, 2017
Uri-Eichen Gallery 2101 S. Halsted
Marc Po Kempner
Rose Blouin
Marguerite Horberg
Eric Torres
Cuba Si, Bloqueo No! Looking at Revolutionary Cuba is a multi-media exhibit curated by Marguerite Horberg

Marguerite first traveled to Cuba in 1984 with the Venceremos Brigade- a project organized in 1969 to help with the
ambitious goal of harvesting 10 million tons of sugarcane for export. Since then, the Cuban government has hosted an annual delegation of Brigadistas from throughout the US who now spend two weeks contributing some form of labor, working side by side with Cubans while learning about their history and culture.

From the 1980's onward, Horberg's interest in Cuba remained unabated. Her non-profit club HotHouse was the premiere venue in Chicago and only one of a handful of places in the country to present Cuban artists during the many years when the financial and political risks during the embargo were substantial.

Most recently, after Obama made overtures to change its Cold War relationship with Cuba, HotHouse began organizing People to People-Cultural Exchanges. In 2017, the organization was a recipient of a new grant from the Havana Embassy to fund the Chicago-Guantanamo Blues Exchange. The Exchange Project furthers a long-standing commitment HotHouse has made to exploring the cultural expression of communities throughout the African Diaspora. Horberg travelled to Guantanamo three times in the last year to document and explore the relationship between the Cubans and the Military Base.  

Cuba Si, Bloqueo No!
is Marguerite's first exhibition of her own photography and writing. While her long career has focused on supporting artists and providing a platform for international cultural expression - here she attempts to contextualize several of her long-standing curiosities about revolution, U.S. foreign policy and the possibilities of cultural diplomacy -with her own work.

Horberg has invited artists Rose Blouin, Eric Torres and Marc PoKempner to additionally contribute to the exhibit.



I consider myself to be a "Cuban-American", although my parents agree with each other that I am "American-Cuban, at best".  I would also like to think of myself, optimistically, as a "filmmaker", despite not having actually made many, if any, films, since I consider the definition of "film" as a bit illusive.  I can only say that I've made many attempts to story-tell, sometimes successfully, but often not.  And I am an activist, fighting for something which is as illusive (and as important) as film.
has worked in the medium of photography since 1980 and creates primarily documentary and fine art photography.Blouin's work has been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries including Isobel Neal Gallery, Woman Made Gallery, Nicole Gallery, The South Side Community Art Center, Artemesia Gallery, The North Suburban Fine Arts Center, Evanston Arts Center, and the State of Illinois Art Gallery. Her work has received awards in juried exhibitions including Tall Grass Arts "From Earth" exhibition, Black Creativity (Museum of Science and Industry), University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts "Chicago Jazz: A Photographer's View," DuSable Museum Annual Art Fair, and the Milwaukee Inner City Art Fair. She is also a founding member of Sapphire & Crystals, a collective of African-American women artists.
Marguerite Horberg is an artist, social justice activist and entrepreneur who has successfully married these interests in successive iconic businesses based in Chicago, most notably: Studio V, The Salon of Modalisque and HotHouse.
She has been at the forefront of cultivating recognition and amplification for artists and other non-commercial or otherwise disenfranchised voices and has established numerous platforms for international cultural exchange: including the Chicago World Music Festival, The Flamenco Festival, Jazz en Clavé and Old and New Dreams Festivals and the Son Jarocho International Exchange and the Chicago-Guantanamo Blues Exchange.
At HotHouse she organized thousands of community-based cultural programs including concerts with Hugh Masekela, Gil Scott Heron, and the U.S. debut of Cuban legends, Los Van Van. Her work as an impresario has been widely chronicled, including reviews in Art in America and the New York Times. Locally, she has been awarded the Chicago Tribune's Chicagoan of the Year Award and the Arts and Business Council's Excellence in Arts Management Award, the Abbey.


Marc PoKempner first travelled to Cuba on assignment for Downbeat magazine in 1981, where he strayed from the jazz festival in Veradero to explore Havana on his own.   He brought back a copy of the Cuban constitution for his law-professor wife and for the next thirty years they each visited frequently - he photographed and she researched the revolutionary legal system.  Other assignments and his own interests led him to document the Cuban health care and education systems, agriculture, the fashion and sports equipment industries, and medical education, as well as the lives of Cuban artists, farmers, and legal professionals.
An independent photojournalist working for clients ranging from the Chicago Reader to Time-Life publications and the New York Times Magazine, Marc's work has focused on music and culture, politics, and social justice.  His photos have been published internationally in magazines, newspapers and books, including two he produced: Down at Theresa's - Chicago Blues (Prestel, 2000) and Harold! - Photos from the Washington Years (Northwestern University Press, 2007).  His photo essay "Elian's Cuba" about the lives of Gonzales' classmates in Cardenas, ran in Newsweek in 2000 while the kidnapped boy was held hostage in Florida.  
PoKempner received grants from the Focus Infinity Fund for "Changing Chicago" in 1989 and "At the Edge of Shelter" in 1991 - projects which were shown at several Chicago museums, including the Art Institute and are included, with other prints of his, in their permanent collection.   These projects led to work for housing, healthcare and educational not-for-profits, illustrating their work finding solutions to social problems.    
These days he divides his time between New Orleans and Chicago, and continues to photograph. 

All Guantánamo is Ours, a 37 minute film with English subtitles, shows the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, in particular those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base. The film is unique in revealing what the occupation looked like before and after the revolution. The protagonists in this documentary are the people living there who with their voices denounce this injustice convinced that one day that territory will be returned to Cuba.
All Guantanamo is Ours Produced by Resumen Latinamericano and The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Filmed in 1997, Eyes of The Rainbow: A documentary film with Assata Shakur was recorded in Cuba 33 years after her exile. It encompasses the African Spirit Oya to illustrate the struggles Shakur has faced as a Revolutionary. In the video Shakur talks about her life in Cuba, the influence of her grandmother as well as AfroCuban ancestry as a result of the African Diaspora.[1] 
"In the struggle of the African American people, many women's voices in the past and the present have always called for social justice, women who throughout the years have shown integrity and firmness in their principles. For this reason, "The Eyes of the Rainbow" is dedicated to all women who struggle for a better world. ~ Gloria Rolando
Gloria Rolando's career as film director spans over 35 years at ICAIC, the Cuban national film institute. She also heads an independent film-making group, Imágenes del Caribe, based in Havana. She calls the series of her films "Histories and Images of Our People"

    • Program Selection of Documentary Shorts by Eric Torres.
    • All Guantánamo is Ours, a 37 minute film with English subtitles, shows the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, in particular those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base.
  • Remarks by Fanny Rushing and Prexy Nesbitt
  • Filmed in 1997, Eyes of The Rainbow: A documentary film with Assata Shakur was recorded in Cuba 33 years after her exile. It encompasses the African Spirit Oya to illustrate the struggles Shakur has faced as a Revolutionary. Director: Gloria Rolando

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