Absolut Cuba is Raúl Cañibano‘s declaration of love for his native country. His surprising, caring, yet incredibly precise, take and his lightening-fast, instinctive and gripping intellect let him capture moments that might seem totally familiar: normal everyday life in urban or rural settings. This makes him one of the most gifted photographers in Latin America. His project Tierra Guajira pays tribute to Cuban farmers in an almost anthropological approach – tracing his own childhood in the east of the country. Raúl Cañibano combines it with pictures from his series Ciudad, Fe por San Lázaro and Ocaso to let us sense the heart and soul of Cuba. His images are truthful and convey a sense of identity. They are filled with tradition, happiness, tragedy and magic.
“All reveal themselves as they are, expose themselves – unknowingly – to the gaze of the artist, simply in their complex existence, grant us a look into their inner life and, in doing so, uncover the person. To make a picture concrete, Cañibano needs only them and a little light. Nothing more, nothing less.” Leonardo Padura Fuentes
RAÚL CAÑIBANO born in Havana in 1961, trained as a welder. It was not until 1984 that he started to teach himself photography. He developed his own style, which he calls “somehow surrealist”, by studying the works of great painters. His photographs are published across the world in magazines and shown in major museums of photography and at the most prestigious festivals like the Recontres de la Photographie d’Arles. He is a member of the Unión de Escritores y Artista de Cuba (UNEAC) and the Fondo Cubano de la Imagen. Public collections in Cuba, like the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, have acquired works of his as has the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He was awarded the Grand Prix of Cuban photography.
LEONARDO PADURA FUENTES is one of the most successful and popular contemporary writers in Cuba and has completely revamped Cuban crime writing. He has gained plenty of praise and awards for his work.
Raúl Cañibano : Absolut Cuba
Published by Edition Lammerhuber
17 × 23,5 cm
English, German, Spanish Hardcover, bound in linen
„French Fold“-jacket ISBN 978-3-903101-80-7