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El Banco (The Bench) by José Manuel       Fors

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José Manuel Fors

El Banco (The Bench) by José Manuel       Fors


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José Manuel Fors
(b. Havana, Cuba, 1956).

This Cuban photographer has often worked jointly with various media and techniques in exploring memory and nature within an intensely personal narrative. Fors graduated from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in 1976 and held a curatorship at Havana’s Instituto de Museología from 1984–1986. In 1981, his paintings were shown in the Volumen I exhibit in Havana. He worked as a designer for the National Museum of Fine Arts. His photographic work has been shown widely in Cuba and internationally, and collected in Cuba, South America, and the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where his work was exhibited in Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution, 2001. In 1999, he received an artist in residence fellowship at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Fors lives and works in Havana.

In the following interview from 2001 with Bill Kelley Jr took place at Darrel Couterier's gallery in Los Angeles. Fors speaks of his childhood and the changing nature of Cuban photography,.

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