Downstairs from the paladar La Guarida, Concordia 418 (between Gervasio and
Centro Habana, 1997
© Robert Polidori – Pace/MacGill Gallery
Photo courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum
Havana: Photographs by Robert Polidori
SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS • Peabody Essex Museum • Ongoing
|Eighteen of the artist’s large-scale images are on view. Polidori first visited Havana in 1997 while on assignment as staff photographer for The New Yorker. He began exploring the city's dynamic architecture—from the elegant colonial to the exuberant Modern, which appeared arrested in time, reflecting years of economic and political turmoil. He returned four more times, continuing his study of the astonishing range and scale of Havana’s buildings. The results are a remarkable interpretation of the city's magnificent architectural legacy. |
Cubanidad, the concept of “Cubanness” has influenced Cuban art and culture for more than 100 years, resulting in one of the world’s great collections of twentieth century architecture in its capital city, Havana. Since the 1959 revolution, most of this architectural heritage has been frozen in time by a form of tacit preservation, so that while many buildings have deteriorated, they continue to be occupied. They endure as a testament to the creativity and sophistication of Havana and its residents, the habaneros.
Born in Montreal in 1951, Robert Polidori moved to the United States with his family when he was 10 years old. After receiving a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he became a filmmaker in New York City before moving to Paris in 1983 and pursuing his growing interest in photography. He returned to New York in 1997 and has been an award-winning staff photographer at The New Yorker since 1999. Polidori is represented by Pace Magill Gallery, New York.
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