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The art that surround us


SAM_0444The Plaza del Carmen and the surrounding buildings were built by the nineteenth century. The church that gives its name to the site and the former convent of the Ursuline Mothers nest space for constructive relevance that look, distinct from the rest of the repertoire of mainly residential type. The square is due to a stepped path that is opening the general visual space and responds to only one of its kind in the region. The neighborhood was generated from the congregation of low-income families, mainly of freedmen.

In this unique urban landscape renowned artist Martha Jimenez between the years 2002-2003, full-scale chooses to design a series of picturesque and folkloric sculptures, in sincere tribute to the ordinary people who also deserves to be collected in the history, legends his countrymen and in the memory of few outsiders visiting the city.

ChismosasThe Chismosas: In the center of the set, sitting on stools three gossips over coffee and share the news of the day in a time of recess domestic activities in a gesture of female solidarity. The shared among women in the square, gossip speaks of implicit racial mixing in an artistic work of the author. Commenting on the Set, published by Enrique Milanés León in the Granma newspaper (August 14, 2008), journalist declares that the topic of conversation between gossiping is the “cultural heritage of humanity.” That conversation, adds Milanés León, it resembles a poem by our illustrious neighbor, Nicolas Guillen, great exponent of Cuban miscegenation.

EnamoradosGrooms couple in love respond to an imaginary recreation of the artist in the community setting. Series of lovers under the weather.Enamorados

MataoThe Matao or seller of water: He lived in the community and represents a black any descendant of freed slaves in the nineteenth century settled in the vicinity of the Church of Carmen, in the old village of Port au Prince. He died four years ago and until his last days came to accompany her statue. Its curious name comes from a nickname he received as a child falling from a high place and out unscathed.

SubiratSubirat or newspaper reader: Still he lives and everyday poses next to his statue in the same position when served as a model of the artist. It reflects a very liveable custom in the parks of our country, especially in older people, retirees.

With the sculpture of the Plaza del Carmen, Martha Jimenez has managed to define very well what she calls “our” in national and regional terms, always linking the past with the present.