Cuba & US Across the Digital Divide
A collaborative exhibition between
graphic designers in Cuba and in the United States
aims to share artists’ visions of peace.
Presented by New World School of the Arts
MIAMI--- Compartiendo Sueños de Paz / Sharing Dreams of Peace: Cuba & US Across the Digital Divide is the title given to the exhibition that will showcase a series of 53 posters designed by graphic designers from Cuba and their counterparts in the United States. A collaborative project that began in 2004 by the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Center for Cross Cultural Design, this creative exchange has brought together Cuban and US designers for an artistic conversation using the language of culture that they know best: visual design. The exhibition opens Thursday, May 8 through May 21, 2008 at NWSA’s New World Gallery, MDC Wolfson Campus, building #5, downtown Miami. Opening reception is on Thursday, May 8, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. Exhibition is free and is open to the public.
"Sharing Dreams of Peace entailed the design of a poster inspired by our personal photography, drawings, paintings, journals, memories and experiences in order to create a personal statement” stated Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts at New World School of the Arts. Cuban-born graphic designer and curator of the show, Cuesta joined a group of six graphic designers who traveled to Cuba in 2005 as part of the creative exchange project. Sharing her insight and experiences during her stay on the island, Cuesta asserts “despite our diverse, economic, political and social environment, I was moved and enlightened. As civilized people, both groups of artists share one mind. We agreed and agreed to disagree - we were artists and designers coming together with the idea of sharing dreams…dreams of peace. Working with these highly talented artists I came to understand their determination and passion despite their very limited materials and resources.”
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design: The intersection of design and culture is a place where both the local and the global have a voice. The AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design (AIGAXCD) has been established to foster greater communication between designers across cultures as well as to better understand the interwoven experience of design and culture in our lives.
Further information available by calling the NWSA Visual Arts division at (305) 237-3597 or by visiting www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
Photos: “90 miles” poster designed by Maggy Cuesta.
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