Không gian Nhiếp ảnh Matca – 48 Ngọc Hà, Ba Đình, Hà Nội


13.05 – 13.06.2023


13.05.2023 | 18:30

* Free entrance


Twenty or more images of Havana cinemas make up the “Teatros” series (2018–2022). Before the revolution, Havana had at least as many movie theaters as New York or Paris, when Cuba was a vacation destination for (primarily) American tourists. Many have not been used for decades, either given a new purpose or withered away with the Cuban economy. Most structures are from the 1940s and 1950s, while several were constructed just before the revolution by the Castro government.

Most of the photographs in the series are digitally stitched and made up of several different shots. The individuals in the foreground were indeed present at those locations, though (in some cases) not simultaneously. They were photographed separately and then superimposed on each photo, questioning the veracity of the photographic moment. The photos could therefore be more suggestive of fiction and fabrication. Instead of relying on photographic luck, the photographer assumed the role of a director (CFR. cinema/theater) who determines the scenario.


Bert Danckaert