The Miami New Times notes a special item in their “Night and Day” calendar of events this week that I thought id bring to everyone’s attention.
Meet the man behind the dorm room poster
BY RAINA MCLEOD
We’ve all seen that photo of political, and now pop, icon Che Guevara — rockin’ that beret, hair blowing in the wind, eyes all steely and intense. But few know the man behind the camera, the man who told El Che: “One, two, three … say, ‘Socialist revolutionary!’” All right, Havana’s native son Alberto Diaz Korda might not have said those exact words, but he is the man behind the image. Because he was the personal photographer to Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1968, his lens was the official eye that captured the Cuban Revolution. Both politically unaffiliated and commercially successful, Korda has won praise for his portfolio that focused on society’s forgotten. He died in 2001, leaving behind an extensive body of work that revealed Cuba’s soul. This assortment of images, from political to fashionable, have been compiled into a graphic documentary named Kordavision. This visual jaunt through Korda’s 40-year career will be screening at the Frost Art Museum.
Yes, that’s right. FIU, the University that’s been primarily funded and run by Cuban-Americans, the one that sits prominently between SW 8th Street and Coral Way in Westchester, arguably the area with the densest Cuban exile population, the “research” university with a Cuban studies program, will be hosting an exhibit of the works of Alberto Korda, the staunch revolutionary photographer that is best known for his now heavily mass produced image of che guevara and his unending support for the castro dictatorship.
Because nothing is better for a community of people who exiled after having bore witness to atrocities committed in their home country by a group of murderous thugs, among them one ernesto “che” guevara, than to have the works of a man who idolized said murderous thugs on display for all to see and appreciate right in their own backyard.
So what if fidel castro and che guevara killed your father or uncle or brother of nephew. Who cares that these men tortured your family members and subjected them to unmentionable indignities. This is art! By a famous, world reknown artist!
I cant even begin to tell you how sick to my stomach this makes me.
Not just that FIU would be hosting such an event and portraying it as a seemingly innocent one, but that the University apparently is unfazed by the pain that such an event may cause to some in their community. Parhaps they meant to keep this a low key event for a select few, as it is not listed in the Frost Musuems event calendar.
I now truly regret ever having been a student at Florida International University.