Fri 4/21 @ 5-8PM
Seems like everyone’s all about Cuba these days, the result of fascination with a country and a culture that was locked away from much of the world and from the U.S. for more than 50 years, following the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power. While many did visit over those year and became enthralled with the resourcefulness and creativity of people making due with limited resources and outdated assets, the floodgates opened when President Obama began to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
Akron photographer Aimee Lambes, who likes to travel and observe people in the U.S. as well, spent some time in Cuba, which resulted in her show CUBA: An Education, which opens at the Box Gallery in the Summit Artspace this weekend. It features more than 6 photos curated by Canton writer/photographer Craig Joseph.
“I am often asked if there is an element of social commentary to my work,” says Lambes. “I would love to say that what I shoot is that well thought out, but that is not the case. I am not drawn to an image because it says something, I am drawn because It says something to ME. I love visual contrast: color, texture, shape, size. That is what gets my attention.”
In addition, the gallery will be hosting Vibrant Deterioration, the BFA photographer exhibition by Shannon Star, a double major in photography and printmaking at the University of Akron. In her work, she addresses topics such as mental illness and abuse, contrasting the seriousness of her themes with bright colors.
Both shows are on view through Sat 5/20. Admission is free.