Aesthetics & the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana | Monograph (2018)
This book explores alternative ways of understanding Havana both as an imagined political construct and as a cultural product. It provides a vision of how and why we see the city as we do and evaluates the ways in which images of Havana have been (mis)constructed in the global imaginary. Bringing out interactions and tensions between real and imaginary spaces, it examines the political implications of unique spatial and metaphorical representations of the city and explores the crucial role that image-makers and cultural producers have played in the global perception of Havana through photography, material culture and documentary film.
“¡Yo soy Fidel!”: Post-Castro Cuba and the Cult of Personality | Article + exhibition + photo-essay film (2018-19)
Following the death of Fidel Castro in 2016, the world’s media projected iconic images of the former Cuban leader, underscoring Cuba’s long and complex relationship with photography. Drawing on fieldwork and practice-led research, this project will consider the ways that iconic Cuban images are produced and consumed in different transnational contexts. This project is funded by the AHRC as part of the Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) project based at the University of Cambridge.
Shoreditch Bridge Portraits: 2011-1017 – John Perivolaris | Exhibition + photo-essay film (2018-19)
Shoreditch Bridge Portraits presents a social documentary of a great city at a significant historical juncture in London’s history. Photographed under a concrete railway bridge in Shoreditch since 2011, the series captures passers-by who are both anonymous and transient, in a fleeting moment as they move between places.
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]
Photography; Documentary; Portraiture; Visual Culture; Space and Place; Latin America; Havana; 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)
- '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]