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A young photographer's perspective of Cuba
28th May to 8th June, 2013

 Arien Chang Castan from his work in Cuba Serie Parrandas-2011
Arien Chang Castan from his work in Cuba 'Serie Parrandas, 2011?

An official part of the 2013 Reportage Festival Program Arien Chang Castan's 'A Traves de mis Ojos' (Through my Eyes) is the window into a changing Cuba viewed from the perspective of one of its most prominent emerging documentary photographers.In 2003, Arien Chang Castan began to work as a documentary photographer. For seven years he worked primarily with black and white film. In the beginning, his work dealt with diverse themes such as urban landscapes, portraits, and various aspects of Cuban life. Yet all of this is a prologue to his current work. Inspired by the work of Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, Bruce Davidson, and Eugene Smith, Arien has developed a series that, in a certain way, reveals an alternate reality within the changing Cuban societyLater he began to work in digital photography and started using color as a means of expression in series like "Long e Vidad, for which he was granted the Raul Corrales scholarship from the Fototeca de Cuba. In this series he demonstrates greater focus and specificity compared to his earlier work. This series, which captures life beyond 100 years, can be further enhanced if it is continued in countries like China. Arien's work focuses especially in areas within Cuban society that are generally ignored in Cuban documentary photography. Themes like the rodeo, gay culture, and bodybuilding are reflected in his work, always portrayed with an artistic, conceptual vision that enriches the image.

Since 2010, Arien has collaborated with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He has worked with groups from San Jose University, California as well. He visited Venezuela with the intent to produce a book of photography about the Caribbean. He has given conferences in important institutions in Cuba like the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in the Writers Union and Cuban Artists (UNEAC), and the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. His work has been on display at the Fototeca de Cuba, The National Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Bienal de La Habana. In December 2012, he will participate in an exhibition at the Berlin Museum of Contemporary Art with the series "A base de viandas, which portrays the culture of bodybuilding in Cuba. Also, he has been invited to Reportage, a documentary photography festival in Australia that will be held in 2013.

Opening night: Wednesday May 29th 6:00 8:00 pm
Reportage Festival
May 25 June 13, 2013


Dates Exhibition open from Tues 28th May to Sat 8th June 2013
Opening Hours Wednesday to Friday 11am 6pm
Saturday 10am 3pm
Opening Night Wednesday May 29th 6:00 8:00 pm
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Location X88 Gallery, 88 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008
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Tue 4th June 2013

We just keep adding more and more value to the Mark Galer seminar.
The Mon 3rd June seminar is now full. We have opened a Tue 4th June seminar date here
Don't miss out on the only opportunity to see Mark in Sydney.

In addition to all the other extras, ASUKABOOK's will be drawn on the day.

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