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Habana in the Park: Avion Cubano art project and exhibit
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PAINTED CUBAN PLANE AND FREEDOM LUGGAGE INSTALLATION Miami artist Xavier Cortada created this participatory art piece so Cuban exiles could recount their journey to freedom. See www.cortada.org The participatory art project and exhibit of photographs is presented by the City of Hialeah, the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Office of Engaged Creativity and the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection

1/20/2012 to 1/22/2012
When: Friday, January 20th, 2012
7 pm
Where: Walker e-Library
Hialeah, Florida  33012
United States
Contact: Lisa Setrini-Espinosa

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PAINTED CUBAN PLANE AND FREEDOM LUGGAGE INSTALLATION
 
 Miami artist Xavier Cortada created this participatory art piece so Cuban exiles could recount their journey to freedom.

The participatory art project and exhibit of photographs is presented by the City of Hialeah, the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Office of Engaged Creativity and the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection.

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Click here to read artist statement and links to articles.

Poster invitation


In May 2004, ¬°Celebra Libertad ! featured Xavier Cortada's painted airplane:  his painting on the actual Russian Antonov-2 Colt airplane that brought a family from Cuba to the United States. 

Cortada also presented 45 pieces of luggage numbered sequentially from 1959 to 2004, representing each year the Cuban community has been in exile.  Each piece is to  include letters from exiles describing their diaspora:

Name: _________________ ____________________________
Where are you from (city in Cuba): _______________
Date of departure from Cuba: ____________________
1. What did you leave behind? ___________________________________________
2. What did you find when you arrived?____________________________________

Participants are invited to contribute their comments.  Answer the questions above and mail them to:

Cuban Heritage Collection/ University of Miami Libraries
Xavier Cortada Collection
1300 Memorial Drive / P.O. Box 248214 
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320

Cortada created this art piece with the idea that it would be a living monument through which Cuban exiles could communicate their journey from a tyrannical regime to the home of the free. The plane and its freedom luggage concept is part of an interactive piece asking exiles to recount their journey to freedom.

Messages were originally solicited from exiles and placed in the suitcases surrounding the plane. The 46 pieces of luggage numbered sequentially from 1959 to 2004, representing each year the Cuban community has been in exile. Letters from exiles describing what they left behind in Cuba  and what they found when they arrived here are still being collected. The originals are stored at the Cuban Heritage Collection in the UM Library and will be uploaded being placed in virtual galleries spaning from 1959 to the present.    

More information at www.cortada.org




Xavier Cortada, "Painted Cuban Plane and Freedom Luggage Installation," 2004.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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