La Playa by Steven Daiber

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These images chosen from litho stones at the Taller Experimenta de la Gráfica represent the history of print advertising and the tobacco industry in Cuba. The pages of the accordion book are attached with hinges printed with the Mambi tobacco label, which celebrates the Cuban Calvary of the 1898 War of Independence (Spanish—American War). There are also images from Christmas wrapping paper, with snow-covered trees and all. The final pages are printed with the soles of shoes found abandoned on city streets.

Artist Bio

Red Trillium Press is the work of Steven Daiber based in Massachusetts. Daiber has worked with books for more than twenty years. He has been to Cuba regularly since 2001 and has facilitated dialogue between Cuban and foreign artists. His books create real, metaphorical objects: palaces of the memory in which each element underscores a meaning. The books he creates in collaboration with Cuban artists tell their stories of the lived reality in Cuba in the 21st century. Daiber’s professional work as an artist originated with training in drawing and painting, with a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1981 and a B.F.A. from the University of Delaware in 1978.