Ivan Cañas opens a photo exhibition about Lezama Lina in Mexico
- Submitted by: Luis Manuel Mazorra
- Arts and Culture
- 09 / 26 / 2014
Titled "Lezama unpublished" photographer Ivan Cañas will present an exhibition where 30 portraits of Cuban writer José Lezama Lima, which will take place in Mexico City. The images are the result of Cañas’ visit made in 1969 to the poet's house in Trocadero 162, along with the painter and designer Raul Martinez.
The courtyard of the founding of the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana (UCSJ) is chosen for the sample, prior to the opening Gonzalo Celorio will offer a lecture about the relationship of Lezama Lima and Julio Cortázar (1914 1984).
Lezama Lima (1910-1976) is a bastion of Latin American literature of all time and a controversial figure in the cultural history of Cuba.
In 1971 Cañas returned to Trocadero to portray Lezama commissioned by the Cuba International magazine. By then, Cañas also made several shots of Lezama and his wife, Maria Luisa Bautista, on the Paseo del Prado and then led them to the Museum of Decorative Arts.
These photographs were never published, because after the "Padilla affair" in 1969, and radical positions in the First Congress of Education and Culture in 1971, the work of Lezama Lima and public image were relegated by official culture.
When Cañas travel to Mexico in the early 90s, the negatives of the sessions with Lezama Lima remained in Cuba in possession photographer Alberto Figueroa, who later sent the material to Miami, where the author had valued the treasure of among its hands.
With the support of photographer Alberto Romeu, Cañas made a physical and digital restoration of the negatives, which had been severely damaged by moisture, which made possible the realization of this exhibition.
Source: Diario de Cuba