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Women Writers on Cuba in Film-Jolt Radio-07Mar2018

March 19th, 2018 · Comments

Today, we invite three women writers to talk about Cuba as a character in newly released films. Our portal to the Cuban psyche is the 35th Miami Film Festival that brings diverse cultural perspectives to the big screen in theaters across Miami, Florida. Sharing their expertise and personal knowledge of Cuba's socio-political landscape are two sisters born in Miami, to Cuban parents: writer and filmmaker Carmen Peláez and food writer Ana Sofia Peláez. New York based journalist and filmmaker Michelle Memran joins us to remember her own encounters with the culture while making a documentary film with Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés.

In this conversation, we consider the value of creativity, resilience, family and friendship in Cuba. The country’s historic relationship and chaotic rupture with the Soviet Union is the backdrop for the three stories we introduce. (The 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union catapulted Cuba into a life-changing economic crisis from which Cubans around the world are still recovering.) The films: Cuban Food Stories, director Asori SotoThe Rest I Make Up, director Michelle Memran; and Sergio and Sergai, director Ernesto Daranas.

 

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Featured Sound Tracks courtesy of Miami Film Festival:  Cuban Food StoriesThe Rest I Make UpSergio and Sergai
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Tags: Fresh Talk · Cuba · Miami · film · identity · Havana · Artist · writer · theater · political art · Russia · art podcast · creativity · history · film festival · women · Live Radio

Cultural Complexity in Little Haiti-Jolt Radio-21Feb2018

March 2nd, 2018 · Comments

In this conversation, we talk about how the island country of Haiti has long inspired contemporary art, books and films and how the cultural complexity of immigrant communities is a creative force in South Florida. Come with us to the heart of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood for a walk about with Carl Juste, a local cultural activist, photojournalist and artist whose family comes from Haiti and Cuba. Haitian-born writer Edwige Danticat introduces Foreigner's Home, a new film to premiere at the 35th Miami Film Festival. Miami-based curators Marie VicklesEdouard Duval-Carrié and Tosha Grantham (with family ties to Greece and Africa, Haiti, Asia and America, respectively) talk about connecting cultural history to contemporary art in exhibitions at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and share what sparked Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, the traveling exhibition that recently premiered in Miami. Cuban-born Lissette Mendez and Carl Juste share some of the stories behind the collective exhibition and book project Havana, Haiti and the annual Little Haiti Book Festival.
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Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · Cuba · film · identity · Havana · invisible communities · curator · black culture · black art · podcast · museum · community · educator · political art · art podcast · history · exhibition · film festival · Live Radio

Fresh Talk: Felipe Dulzaides

November 19th, 2015 · Comments

Cuban artist Felipe Dulzaides talks about FD Plays FD, the multi-media installation he created in memory of his father for the 12th Havana Biennial. For more than four decadesbefore and after Fidel Castro established his revolutionary government in 1959, the highly regarded jazz musician was active on the Cuban music scene. Our conversation takes place in a penthouse apartment of Edificio FOCSA, the tallest building in Havana.


Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie
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Tags: · contemporary art · art biennial · Cuba · identity · Havana · Artist · Jazz · podcast

Fresh Talk: Mary Mattingly

September 10th, 2015 · Comments

Environmental artist Mary Mattingly talks about Pull, the project she created with local partners in Havana. Her artist residency is part of Wild Noise, thefirst in a series of exhibition exchanges between the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana.  

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Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · art biennial · Cuba · artist residency · Havana · environment

Fresh Talk: Tania Bruguera

June 18th, 2015 · Comments

Presidents of Cuba and the U.S. recently announced a rapprochement, but is the island country ready for free expression in the form of contemporary art activism? Recorded in Havana, this Fresh Talk episode features Cuban artist Tania Bruguera and her recent launch of a new initiative: the Hannah Arendt Institute for Artivism. Bruguera is moving ahead with her project despite the fact that she's been under city arrest and subject to government reprisals after her unauthorized public art performance on December 30, 2014, landed her in jail for three days.

Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie
Special Audio: May Day 2009, Plaza of the Revolution and Tania, Bruguera Tatlin's Whisper #6, 2009
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Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · art biennial · Havana · performance art · Plaza of the Revolution · Tania Bruguera