Belascoain y Carlos 2009, Photograph, gold leaf on wood 20 x 29 3/4 in.

Belascoain y Carlos

2009, Photograph, gold leaf on wood

20 x 29 3/4 in.

José Toirac and Ricardo Elías

Artist José Toirac in collaboration with documentary photographer and filmmaker Ricardo Elías, examines time, place, history and politics in a simple, yet layered manner. The gold leaf paintings by Toirac are superimposed upon the black and white photographs by Elías. The images on Toirac's gold paintings are based on photographs taken by Walker Evans in 1933 during the dictator Gerardo Machado's turbulent regime. By focusing on one site, seen through the eyes of different artists, in different materials, at multiple times, the perspectives and history are explored. As a chronicler of Cuban history, Toirac challenges and questions, beyond merely documenting.

José Toirac
Born 1966 in Guantanamo. Lives in Havana
1985 Academia de San Alejandro
1990 Institute Superior de Arte

Ricardo Elías
Born 1969 in Trinidad. Lives in Havana
1993 Studio of Photojournalism of the Cuban Union of Journalists