An ancient maxim says that violence begets violence. To Yamel Santana, photographer and also a professor of philosophy, that is precisely one of the arguments that motivates his latest work, entitled: The silence of fear.
This time, the artist doesn’t propose an approach to violence in general, but more explicitly, he addresses violence against women in the relationship. But that one which is hidden, rewritten or ignored by the subjects involved.
In the words of Kirenia Cintra, curator of the exhibition along with Laura Martin: "In the naturalization of violence, given the invisibility and the silenced, Yamel objects with a questioning story, told from the female subject. The record of the story takes a delight in silence, blows, abandonment, wounds. "
Throughout the 18 pieces you witness the progressive deterioration of a relationship, on the thread of women, his aspirations and desires, his body and the process of alienation that is slowly transforming subjects into things, and things into subject. With this, according to the artist, "the work not only takes on the meaning of a denunciation, it also seeks to reach a state of consciousness and judgement against that reality."
The series consists of two parts: Narration and Objects. In the first we find the explaining moment where violence claims for a space in the relationship. Frame by frame and using the black and white photography, it tells the story from certain scenes of everyday life. A story where the man’s face is never defined e, thus ensuring the generalization of the denunciation.
In the second part, in the last triptych which he calls Objects, these are the ones who take the floor. There are small toys and porcelain dolls that reinforce the alienated nature of that relationship. Here, by contrast, he uses color photography. On this, the young photographer says: "I seek not wallow in the problem of the color. Just to show, as simple as possible, the contrasts of a reality that is presented to the woman in black and white, and yet how we turn into things ".
Sponsored by the Oscar Arnulfo Romero Reflection Group (OAR), the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the series will be on display in the Jose Marti Memorial at Revolution Square until November14.
Santana, a graduate of Philosophy at the University of Havana, after several exhibitions in his early career, was twice a finalist in the Alfredo Sarabia In Memoriam National Biennial (2005-2006 and 2009-2010) sponsored by the Provincial Council of the Arts Pinar del Rio, and with Lo pedido es premiohe won the 10th Photography Biennial of the Eduardo Abela Provincial Center of Visual Arts (2012). He is currently a professor of Cuban Thought at a señor high school.