Monday, April 17, 2017

Separate Wings of the Same Bird

May 2, 2017 – June 30, 2017

Beaverton Public Library
12375 SW 5th St.
Beaverton, Oregon

Artists Talk – June 15, 2017, 7pm

Many, many years ago Lola Rodriguez wrote “Two Wings of the Same Bird”:

Cuba y Puerto Rico son                                                          Cuba and Puerto Rico are
de un pájaro las dos alas,                                                      
As two wings of the same bird,
reciben flores o balas                                                             
They receive flowers and bullets
sobre el mismo corazón
...                                                      Into the same heart ...

Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico but lived part of her life in Cuba. I was privileged to photograph in both countries this past year. While they have parallel histories and there continues to be mutual individual admiration, the countries paths separated in 1959. And today the countries are Separate Wings of the Same Bird. For me, Cuba lives in color and Puerto Rico in black & white – thus street life differs, both in photographs and in spirit.

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