Patricia Galagan: Santa Fe Workshops Grant Prize Winner
I recently had the great pleasure to co-juror the Portrait Contest hosted by the Santa Fe Workshops. Today and next week, I will be featuring the work by several of the winners. Almost a thousand photographers submitted closed to 4,000 images and the decision process was a tough one. There were so many stellar photographs, and I am thrilled to featured these stand-out portraits.
Historians sort through the past for clues to what has unfolded. Artists look in the present for clues to what will unfold. My photographs taken in Havana in the past 24 months show a culture in transition from socialism to something not yet defined but clearly hinted at throughout Havana. In her crumbing architecture and cramped living quarters are tiny signs of reversal and change, signs that space, even when held in common, must still be made personal.
Havana is a place where relationships, more than things, define a person’s life, but where cherished personal possessions still matter, and people are proud to open their homes to a foreign artist in search of their reality. In many Cubans today is a cautious willingness to hope, to engage, to reveal.
Cubans endure conditions many would find stifling to the spirit, but again and again I met and photographed people who look toward the future, who pursue their art, who raise their children, all the while hopeful of a change in fortune. Havana suggests a once-beautiful woman now aged and fallen on lean times but forever hopeful that a kind stranger or a different regime will lead to something new.
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