2000-01

  • Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971, Havana): A graduate of the Escuela de Artes Plásticas of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and based in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and Cambridge, Mass., Calzadilla has worked since 1995 in collaboration with the artist Jennifer Allora in producing community collaborations, installations, photography and sculptural work. A 2003 project at London’s Tate Modern featured cartographic felt floor to recreate landscape of Vieques, the island off Puerto Rico that was used by the U.S. military for controversial bombing practice. The artists participated in the VII Havana Biennial, the XXIV biennial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the III Interamerican Biennial in Lima, Peru, Allora and Calzadilla represented the United States in 2011 Venice Biennale. Venues for their installations include the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Power Plant in Toronto, the International Center of Photography in New York and the Arch at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.  (Cintas for art, 2000-01)

  • Jesús Díaz (b. 1941, Havana-d. 2002, Madrid): At the time of his death, Díaz was editor of Encuentro, a magazine he founded in 1996 to publish the works of Cuban intellectuals from the island and in exile. He was the author of several novels, including Las iniciales de la tierra, Las palabras perdidas, Siberiana and La piel y la máscara. His short story collection, Los años duros, won the Casa de las Américas award in 1966. Díaz was also a filmmaker and directed, among others, Lejanía, about an exiled woman who returns to Cuba to visit her son, and 55 Hermanos, the story of young Cuban exiles who returned to their homeland in the 1970s. In Cuba, he was founder and editor of the cultural magazine El caimán barbudo. (Cintas for literature, 2000)

  • Alicia "Achy" Obejas (b. 1956, Havana): Obejas is a poet, novelist, short-story writer and journalist. Her second novel, Days of Awe, was selected for the Los Angeles Times' Best Books of 2001 list. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Studs Terkel and the Peter Lisagor awards in journalism and the Lambda Literary Awards for her novels. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and literary magazines. Obejas has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Warren Wilson College. Her other books are the novels Ruinsand Memory Mambo, the story collection We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? and the poetry chapbook This is What Happened in Our Other Life. (Cintas for literature, 2000-01)

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