José Parlá & JR: “The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba” @ Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
New York’s Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is set to present The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba, a recent collaboration between JR and José Parlá.
Started by JR in Cartagena, Spain, The Wrinkles of the City has been reprised in Shanghai, Los Angeles, and most recently, Havana. In 2012, JR and Parlá photographed and interviewed dozens of senior citizens who lived through the Cuban revolution, flyposting colossal black-and-white portraits of their subjects on the walls of city buildings. Parlá, who is of Cuban descent, interlaces the images with palimpsestic, calligraphic writings and color. In a city devoid of commercial imagery, JR and Parlá’s enormous yet intimate portraits offer a stunningly humane contrast to the endless repetition of political icons.
This exhibition will consist of twelve large portraits from the Havana iteration of The Wrinkles of the City project along with a site-specific installation.The Havana, Cuba project has been made into a book published by Damiani/Standard Press, as well as a film, which will be on view at the gallery.
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba runs May 7 – July 12, 2013.