FACHADAS SERIES

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   85 x 150 cm digital printing

Untitled, 2011.   150 X 85 cm digital printing

Waterfront Stories

El Malecón (the waterfront) establishes a boundary.  At once, it is both the city’s Atlantic front and it’s barrier against the sea.  For Cubans, El Malecón possesses the power of a myth: it lies outside of time, itself corroding but not eroding.  There is a visible link between the myth and reality, as well as there is a link between the myth and the world of dreams; in this double-relation are written these Waterfront Stories.  Each of these photographic prepositions that make up Donis Llago’s project sends forth a different concept of Havana’s reality. The work is composed of a series of propositions which, as is true of the restlessness of the city itself, presents to us various histories and leaves us the task of giving them a form, accepting them or throwing them away, according to our opinions.

The image of that which is real cannot be captured, and therefore it is interesting to alter the relationships of the representation.  Llago seeks his themes in reality but it is within dreams where he finds the materials to construct his work. Waterfront Stories tries, above all, to make visible that which we cannot see although it persists between us all. We can see a Waterfront both fantastic and mulit-faceted, but at the same time intimate and familiar.

The city is there, condensed, and reduced to its essence. We stand before the site where the city concentrates itself into itself.  Llago offers us simultaneous superimposed images of the Waterfront in the same way that the Waterfront itself leads us to the dreams most often revisited by those who dwell therein.  Havana is there, yes, but deformed by the artistic version which invites us to a type of photography that wishes to trap reality, undermining it.  Waterfront Stories appeals, to one side, to the magic, the physical enchantment of Havana’s Waterfront and, to another, to the memory, of an imaginary public and the private history, in order to reach a dazzling version of reality. He has focused his attention of the myth which lives in the memory of the Cuban people and has repeated it here as one of those who have written these stories.  This would not be the Waterfront, but rather the Waterfronts; between one and the others lie the most diverse of longings.

The Waterfront gives refuge to everyone: to the distracted singer, to the fisherman, to the child playing between the legs of a grandmother while she searches for that which she has lost in the transparency of the sea, to those that dream of a passage over the water, to those fleeing the imminent collapse of the city and to many who seem to cling to their hope for Something. The real space is not the object of the representation, but rather the place where an illusory universe is woven, a universe fed by the anxieties and the dreams of thousands of people. Of these shared obsessions emerges a parallel world; where the virtue of Donis Llago lies in the willingness to allow this world to enter our reality. The distance between objects real and imaginary seems to disappear; in Waterfront Stories all is real, everything exists in the imagination of the Cubans.

Carlos Anibal Alonso

studio@donisllagoart.com

011 5352740833

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