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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wrinkles of a City; Havana / Murals by JR and José Parlá




* Source- WUM; An Online Journal  for the Arts

During the XI Havana Biennale 2012 that took place last month,  celebrated French artist JR and Cuban-American artist José Parlá collaborated to create the latest iteration of "The Wrinkles of the City," a huge mural installation that included 25 stunning large scale portraits of 25 senior citizens interlaced with palimpsestic calligraphic writings and paintings.

Parlá’s markings echo the distressed surfaces of the walls he inscribes, and offer commentary on the lives of Cuba’s elders. Both artists have left a lasting impression on the Cuban capital animating a city with such portraits in public who had only seen the likes of Che Guevara or Fidel Castro.

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