Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
"My first trip to Cuba was in 1958. As an 18 year old sailor, my greeting there was remarkable. As I walked down the dock a man approached and offered to sell me a bottle of rum, a big Habana cigar and a mahogany billy club… all for one dollar US. I accepted the offer and thus felt well prepared to venture into town… Little after this event is recalled." Ralph Gibson, excerpted from Helena de Bagança: I Am Cuban.
Published by Damiani. Introduction by Ralph Gibson. Text by Lemis Tarajano Noya, Liset Alea, Romina Ruiz-Goiriena, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez.
Traveling extensively in Cuba between 2007 and 2009, photographer Helena de Bragança (born 1978) sought to capture the nation's undocumented lives, from prostitutes and transvestites to punk rockers and swingers. De Bragança's lens temporarily transforms the alleyways, bedrooms and rooftops before her camera into both safe havens and stages.