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The exhibition is on view January 9-February 21, 2021, at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, AL.  Since opening in 2003, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center has focused on programs, collects, and events that encourage art all levels and ages. 

Cuba: Memories Revisited is an exhibition of photographs that illustrate Betancourt’s memories as a five-year-old and his visit back to Cuba after 48 years. It combines the assembled photographs and stories collected before his visit with the documentary-style photographs from his trip in March 2019. 

“For my visit, I decided to tell the story of how things are now. Re-discovering family and place were the most important things for me. The family that stayed were mostly on my father’s side; my grandmother and my great aunts and uncles from this large family of eleven children. My documentary-style photographs attempt to describe the place as it is now and possibly reflecting on the life I may have lived there.” 

The most exciting part of this exhibit is that my images will be projected on to the Carnegie Library building, built in 1904. I am interested in finding historic architecture to juxtapose with the images from Cuba so that the viewer is transported to a different place and culture.

José Betancourt
Professor of Art- Photography

January 22, 6:00-8:00 pm-Join us for a Special Projection Event. It will be featuring the digital art mapping of José Betancourt’s photos of Cuban architecture onto the exterior of the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. During the projection, the gallery will be open for viewing of the exhibit. Maintaining the governor’s recommendations, a maximum of 50 people, masked and socially distanced, will be admitted in the gallery at one time. The projection will be visible from Oak and Church streets and can be viewed from the grounds or by car. Digital mapping presented by Nathan Adamek and LED Orange.

February 26, 6:00-8:00 pm Member's Artist Reception. Registration is required. Limited space is available. Contact Carnegie, 256-341-0562 for more details.

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