Fest friendly: Cuba photography on 3rd Street

Photo by Ramses Hernandez Batista

Just in time for warming relations and the opening of U.S. tourist travel to Cuba comes an exhibition celebrating the island nation and its colorful present informed by the past.

La Cuba Vista, part of a Louisiana-Cuba cultural exchange, will feature the photography of Cuban photographer Ramses Hernandez Batista and Larry Sides of Lafayette, compatriots in photography who have been documenting Cuba for decades. The exhibition will also feature work by Alex Castro, son of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, as well as an iconic photo signed by Liborio Noval, famed photographer of the Cuban revolution.

The exhibition opens Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m. in a new gallery space at 3rd and Vine streets (203 W. 3rd St.) across from Cité des Arts; Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, the state’s tourism chief, will be on hand for opening reception. The exhibition will be open during Festival International de Louisiane — 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday the 22nd (save for a 2-7 p.m. reception for an international audience organized by Le Centre International); same hours on Saturday and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday as Festival winds down.

Photo by Larry Sides
From left: Ramses Hernandez Batista, Alex Castro and Larry Sides