Acclaimed Vancouver artist Stan Douglas examines distinctive aspects of Cuban culture in Inconsolable Memories, a film installation accompanied by photographs. Douglas’s photographs depict Havana’s re-purposed spaces: former villas turned into schools, a church made into a concert hall and a beach resort that is now a study centre. These images call to mind his well- known photographic exploration of Detroit as a symbol of 20th-century urban failures and aspirations. The latest of Douglas’ recombinant narrative projections is based on Cuban filmmaker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s 1968 Memories of Underdevelopment. Douglas updates the film from its Bay of Pigs setting to the Mariel expulsions and uses Alea’s flashback structure for a double film projection. Inconsolable Memories is a co-production of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver and the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts – catalogue available.
Exhibition tour with AGYU Director Philip Monk May 7 – see lectures