Warch Campus Center exhibit provides an inside look at Cuban History

The Warch Campus Center Galleries display Professor of Spanish Gustavo Fares’ photographs of exhibits at a Cuban museum.
Photo by Veronica Bella

From May 2-18, the Warch Campus Center is featuring an exhibit by Lawrence University Professor of Spanish Gustavo Fares entitled “Cuba: The Revolution from the Inside” on its third floor. The exhibit features photos taken by Fares on a Lawrence University Alumni trip to Cuba this past March. It features ten prints photographed at the Museo de la Revolución, or the Museum of the Revolution, housed in Havana, Cuba.

The pictures are of display cases at the museum, each touching on important concepts or events of the Revolution. For those who are unfamiliar, the Cuban Revolution began as an armed revolt lead by Fidel Castro and his supporters in 1953 against the authoritarian government of Fulgencio Batista, which was supported by the United States. The pictures of this display detail such things as Castro’s resignation, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Guantànamo Bay, but tell these stories through Cuban eyes.

The purpose of this exhibit is to give a different perspective to something that many Americans only know one side of. As it has been said many times before, there are two sides to every story, and this exhibit aims to bring us, as viewers, to that other side.