Joyme Cuan
October 12, 2020

Claudia Corrales

(Havana, 1987)
Born into a family of photographers. After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Communication, she began to work on photography as a form of artistic expression, choosing the messuch as war, taste and the emancipation of women as recurring points in her work. Her work has been exhibited in numerous personal and collective exhibitions in countries such as Cuba, Mexico, the United States and Germany. At the same time, she has developed in the curatorial field and for two years she has directed the “Raúl Corrales” Gallery in Havana, Cuba. Her photographs have been published in various magazines, such as Cuba plus and Artecubano, in addition to integrating selections of artists to illustrate specialized books, including: La seducción de la mirada. Anthology of the Photography of the Body in Cuba by Rafael Acosta de Arriba. From her humanist point of view, adopts a denouncing position in the face of the horrors of modern society, such as war, early childhood education and current Cuban aesthetic. As she one day said: “As an artist, I feel committed to criticizing what has been done wrong and making people reflect on their social position.” Her work also reflects her feminine side, related themes such as gender discrimination and the social pressure of contemporary women.



"My work is a reflection of my commitment to society. Provoking reflection and self-criticism is my only claim"
(Claudia Corrales)

 
project description

Collage Habana

 

Collage Habana, is nothing more than an essay about the city, its houses and inhabitants. This goes beyond a piece of art and becomes a tool that the artist uses, for sociological study. Investigating the manifestations of the taste, this time, specifically, the choice of decoration for the facades of Havana homes. Showing the interests, culture and idiosyncrasy of the omitted subject, can be said to be another claim of the work.

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project presentation

This is the concept

"I am a plastic artist and I work mostly in photography, but also in video. I reside in Havana, Cuba. The series that I present in this project is titled "Collage Habana" and it is an essay about the city, but also about the people who inhabit it. This time the subject is omitted, the images do not have a physical presence but do have the impact that people create in our environment. From my position as a social communicator, which was the career I studied at the University before dedicating myself to photography, I have always been interested in studying idiosyncrasy, people's culture, tastes, and this series is one more tool for that study socio-cultural or also sociological of the inhabitants of Havana. The work starts from the investigation, from the colors that people choose to decorate their facades and the different ornamental motifs that may be common for a Cuban but not for the general public. It is actually an identity element of our culture, that is why it springs to my attention and that is why I develop it. A series that is currently under construction and has more than 120 images. It is a project that I do not want to close because there is always the possibility of finding new equally interesting scenes and continuing to expand this study. Thanks a lot."