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"anti-intellectualism and collectivism"

750 days ago by Hamlet Lavastida

In 1971 in the darkest period of Stalinization in Cuba's cultural life when the expressed will of the government was to persecute artists and intellectuals for their supposed counterrevolutionary activities, The Congress of Education and Culture (April 23 of 1971) marked the path of the so called “cultural policies of the Cuban revolution”. At this time the state had the total control of all the cultural institutions in Cuba, a few institutions as the Consejo National de Cultura (CNC), la Union Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC), Casa de las Americas and Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematograficas (ICAIC), and also the state political police, Departamento de Seguridad del Estado (DSE). The most polemic episode was in March of 1971 when the poet Heberto Padilla was detained and later self-proclaimed being a counterrevolutionary. But it was in the Congress of Education and Culture when the explicit will of Fidel Castro determinated very clearly the difference between what kinds of artistic expression would be able to be represented.

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Project by Hamlet Lavastida

Nací en La Habana,1983. En mis obras me interesa acercarme a cierta redefinición de los imaginarios estéticos, específicamente los ensayados por el socialismo en Cuba en los últimos cinco decenios.