Cuba Studies Program: Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present


Friday, February 3, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Cooper Art Gallery, Hutchins Center, 104 Mt. Auburn Street


Speaker: Roberto Diago, independent artist

Moderator: Alejandro de la FuenteRobert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History, and Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

In this talk, Roberto Diago will talk about his exhibition, "Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present," which consists of twenty-five mixed-media and installation artworks that trace Diago’s vibrant career from the mid-1990s, when he began to construct a revisionist history of the Cuban nation from the experience of a person of African descent. It is a history of enslavement and cultural loss, but also of resilience and recovery, the kind of history that is required in this Afro-Cuban present.

Juan Roberto Diago (1971) is one of Cuba’s more relevant contemporary artists. He graduated from the San Alejandro Academy, in Havana, in 1990. His works exploire issues of identity and racism in Cuba. His works have been exhibited in important events such as the Venice Biennale in Italy. They can be found in prestigious collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba, the CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals) Art Foundation in Miami, Florida, and the Rubin Foundation Collection, New York.