Redhouse to Present Julieve Jubin's CUBIN 2014, 3/16-4/25
Beginning March 16th and running through April 25th, Redhouse will have Julieve Jubin's inspirational and touching photography entitled "Cuba 2014" in the Joan Lukas Rothenberg Gallery. A reception with the artist is scheduled for March 20th from 5pm-7pm in the Redhouse Cafe.
Julieve Jubin received her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. She is a photo-based artist working with digital and experimental approaches to the image. She has exhibited her work in the US, Canada, and Europe and is the recipient of several awards and artist residencies. Her work is in the collection of the New York University Law School, Fototeca Cuba, and several private collections. She has taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, the International Center of Photography, Purdue University, and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the State University of New York at Oswego. She resides in NYC and Oswego, NY.
Within the last few years, I've traveled to Cuba to photograph, as well as teach my course, Travel Photography: Cuba. During my first research trip in 2011, I immediately recognized that Cuba was different than any other place I had been. Certainly, I expected to see the old American cars, Spanish colonial architecture, and propaganda. What I didn't expect was the richly textured character of the street life. While there, I spent most of my time in the densely populated Centro district of Havana interacting with and photographing the children who inhabit the streets. The streets are an extension of their homes, where doors are left open and children roam freely without the dangers familiar to our own cities. In fact, children of all ages would interact with me, a complete stranger, without trepidation or overly protective parents lurking. They were eager to engage and also enjoyed the attention of being photographed. The activities ranged from informal conversation and ball games, to organized sports and performance, such boxing and dance. Typically, within a short amount of time, they welcomed me into their circle to join in, photograph, or just to be with them. Siblings were often among the group, with the older ones coaching the younger ones along. The children experienced a sense of freedom at play, knowing they were safe among neighbors, friends, and family nearby. I find this sense of trust and freedom not only refreshing, but unexpected and paradoxical given the pervasive restrictions and controls imposed on Cuban society by the government. I also found it remarkable how vibrant and resilient the children are, even as many of their families struggle to provide the most basic of necessities. Within the last few years, largely due to the economic reforms and loosening of restrictions, streets and neighborhoods are transforming as new small businesses develop and homes are being restored. Fortunately, this shifting landscape hasn't yet altered the daily rituals and spirited atmosphere of the street life I've been so privileged to know. But it's clear Cuba is moving away from the time capsule it once inhabited towards a new, yet undetermined future.