Exhibition on view: 2016 Booth Fellow Megan Peters (M.Arch. '16), "The Image of Havana"
2016 Booth Fellowship recipient Megan Peters (M.Arch. '16) explores through images the dichotomy between Havana, Cuba's dual identities.
City #1: The Aesthetic Image
Classic cars, crumbling architecture, fat cigars, dark rum, and despotic leaders. These are the images that Havana evokes to an outsider. Analyzing the effects of the external gaze, aesthetics, distance, and the role of photography, these images reveal a city that has become more real in its fantastical image than in its reality.
City #2: The Embodied Image
The images found within Havana tell complex stories of patriotism, propaganda, self-expression, and cultural identity. They are powerful in ways that either command their audience into deference or empower the questioning of the status quo. Try as a government might to muffle and censor free speech, Cuban-authored images persist and find a way to prevail using calculated and clever means; revealing a city that is actively pursuing an identity of its own creation.
Peters will present on her research funded by the Booth Fellowship on December 6 at noon in the Art & Architecture Auditorium. An exhibition opening reception will immediately follow in the college gallery.
Exhibition on View December 6 - January 5 in the college gallery.
For more information on Peters’ proposal, previous winners and eligibility for application, please visit the George G. Booth Traveling Fellowship page.