CURRENT PROJECTS

Aesthetics & the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana |  Monograph
“Yo soy Fidel!”: Post-Castro Cuba and the Cult of Personality | Article + photo-essay
Shoreditch Bridge Portraits: 2011-1017 – John Perivolaris | Exhibition + photo-essay film

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Memories of a Lost Shark is a series of black and white photographs and written texts. The correspondence between these invites the spectator to enter a conversation with both photographer and writer in an act of imaginative solidarity with the actors taking centre stage in each of these images – an engagement that allows still photographs to become as fluid as Cuban history. Extracts from this project can be seen by clicking on the projects tab above. [Photographs by James Clifford Kent and words by Edmundo Desnoes, with an introduction by John Perivolaris]

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Film, Photography, Documentary, Portraiture, Visual Culture, Space and Place, Latin America, Havana, and Cuba.

PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS

Aesthetics & the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana [Monograph, Palgrave Macmillan: Studies of the Americas series, forthcoming 2018]
'Havana and the Music Film (1999-2005)' [Journal article, Hispanic Research Journal, Volume: 18, Issue: 01, pp. 74-91, 2017]
'Walker Evans’s Psychogeographic Mapping of Havana, 1933' [Journal article, History of Photography, Volume: 37, Issue: 03, pp. 326-340, 2013]

Memories of a Lost Shark  |  Memorias de un tiburón perdido  [exhibition, with the Cuban writer Edmundo Desnoes]

  • Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, England (17 October 2013–28 February 2014) [funded by Arts Council England]
  • Galería Fayad Jamis: Centro de Arte y Literatura, Havana, Cuba (1-24 July 2013)
  • Oriel Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, North Wales (1-21 June 2013)

PRESS

  • 'Fidel Castro: Immortalised in Photographs' [Online photo-essay. 2016. The Independent, 20 December 2016]. 
  • 'Fidel Castro: Immortalised in Photographs' [Online photo-essay. 2016. The Conversation, 16 December 2016]. 
  • 'Found in Translation: A transatlantic dialogue' [Journal article, Royal Photographic Society: Contemporary Photography, Number 57, Autumn 2014, Julia García Hernández, pp. 35-37]  
  • 'Memorias de un recorrido aprovechado' [TV broadcast, Cubavisión International, Alfonso Roque, 15 July 2013]
     

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS, SEMINARS & TALKS

  • Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress, Barcelona, 23-26 May 2018 | “Yo soy Fidel!”: Post-Castro Cuba and the Cult of Personality (TBC: Proposal submitted) 
  • Modern Languages Symposium, North London Collegiate School, London, 26 September 2017 | Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana
  • Inside Out Festival, London South Bank University, 25 March 2017 | Shoreditch Bridge Portraits: 2011-2017 (in conversation with Dr John Perivolaris)
  • Centre for the GeoHumanities workshop, Bedford Square, London, 16 November 2016 | Invisible cities and Urban Imaginaries (with Cecilie Sachs Olsen)
  • HARC: Making Space for Art Lecture Series, Royal Holloway, University of London, 19 October 2016 | Shoreditch Bridge Portraits (in conversation with Dr John Perivolaris)
  • Cuba Research Forum 19th Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 6-8 September 2016 | "Take me to Fidel!" – Burt Glinn, Magnum Photos and the Cuban Revolution
  • Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress, New York City, 27-30 May 2016 | Discussant: The Intermediality of Memorialisation: Inflections and Reflections in Mexican Visual Culture
  • Cine Cubano at The Mockingbird Theatre, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, 28 February 2016 | An introduction to Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
  • Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress, San Juan, 27-30 May 2015 | 'An island of pleasure gone adrift’: Henri Cartier-Bresson in Havana (1963)
  • Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture Conference, University of Birmingham, 12-13 June 2014 | The Enchantment of Ghosts: Photographers's Talk
  • Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress, Chicago, 21-24 May 2014 | The Enchantment of Ghosts: Walker Evans & Street Photography in Havana, 1933
  • Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, England, 4 December 2013 | Memorias de un tiburón perdido: Photographers's Talk
  • Department of Hispanic Studies, Research Seminar Series, University of Sheffield, 20 November 2013 | Psychogeography, Street Photography & Havana
  • Cuba Research Forum: Visiones externas e internas de la realidad cubana: pasado y presente, Universidad de La Habana, 3-4 July 2013 | Memorias de un tiburón perdido: Photographing Cuba in Black & White
  • Oriel Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, 19 June 2013 | Memories of a Lost Shark: Photographers’s Talk
  • Cuban Cinema Seminar Series, Aberystwyth University, 19-20 March 2013 | (Un)staging the city: Havana & the Music Film (1999-2005)