BPM 2019: Joan Alvado – Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith

April 4, 7PM
Koče Popovića 9, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Cuba is one of the last countries in the world where Islam has entered. Although is still widely unknown, the number of Cubans embracing Islam has constantly increased in the recent years. This growth is strongly linked with the current scenario of changes in Cuba, which includes a higher tolerance towards religions.

With a current population around 3,000, Cuban Muslims are present in several districts of La Habana but also have expanded to many other provinces, like Camagüey, Santiago or Varadero.

Why a Muslim community is born in the middle of a Socialist Caribbean Island?

The “Cuban Muslims” project is not aiming to give closed answers, but provide clues for reflection. By delving into one of the most unique Muslim communities worldwide, an innovative approach to Cuba and Islam is generated. The goal is to break visual stereotypes, questioning issues like identity, faith and traditions.

On Saturday 6/4/2019 at 12h Joan Alvado will do a guided visit by the exhibition and will present his work and his last photobook.

This exhibition has been carried out through the collaboration of the Instituto Cervantes de Belgrado and the Belgrade Photo Month Festival and the essential support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E through its Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) that supports artist mobility, by which Spanish artists Joan Alvado and García de Marina will be able to participate in the Belgrade Photo Month Festival.