Raúl Cañibano Ercilla

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Raúl Cañibano Ercilla
Raúl Cañibano Ercilla; Photo: Keith Cardwell

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Connecting with people

Raúl Cañibano Ercilla is based in Havana as an advertising photographer. Born in 1961, his work focuses on people and demonstrates the vitality of modern-day Cuban photography. He has exhibited world-wide and won a major prize in Cuba for a project on the life of rural workers.
‘My photography is about people – connecting with them and showing their everyday lives. Cuba is fantastic for documentary photography and each week I thank God for my life. If I have any ambition at all, it is to be a member of an agency like Magnum, but only if I can live in Cuba forever.’

Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano Ercilla was born in 1961. One of the younger generation of photographers born after the Revolution, his work focuses on people, everyday life, history and socialism. He is currently based in Havana where he works as an advertising photographer.

In 1993 he had his first solo exhibition, ‘Lonely Hunter’ at the Fototeca de Cuba. Since then his work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Cuba as well as in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, the USA, Spain, Greece, Italy, Belgium and Japan. He has been featured in various publications, both at home and abroad. In 1999 he won the Grand Prix in the Cuban National Photography Exhibit for his project, ´Tierra Guajira´ (Country Land), concentrating on the life of rural workers.

Peter Marshall, in an essay on Cuban photography on the www.photography.about.com website, describes his work. ‘A series of his work on Havana makes great use of bringing together parts of a scene that somehow don´t belong. The shadow of an equestrian statue on a wall ends at its top, headless and riderless. Above the wall a number of slender modern street lamps poke up into the sky. Another picture shows an interior almost completely filled by a TV set, and the view past this and out of a window onto some steps up into a house. At the top of these, a child hangs, suspended from the arms of an adult who is swinging it in midair.’

Ercilla was one of eleven photographers selected for the ‘Cuba, Si! Cuba, Seen!’ retrospective of 50 years of Cuban photography at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2000.
Author: Judith Staines

Bio

Raúl Cañibano Ercilla was born in 1961 and works as an advertising photographer in Havana. His work has been shown in Mexico, Canada, USA and Europe. He won the Grand Prix in the 1999 Cuban National Photography Exhibit for his project, ´Tierra Guajira´ (Country Land), concentrating on the life of rural workers. He featured in the ´Cuba, Si! Cuba, Seen!´ retrospective of 50 years of Cuban photography at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2000.

Works

San Francisco Arts Commission

Exhibition / Installation,
2002
Exhibition at SFAC, USA

Cuba Now

Exhibition / Installation,
2001
Exhibition in Washington DC, USA

Cuba Si! 50 years of Cuban photography

Exhibition / Installation,
2000
Group show of 11 photographers toured in the UK and abroad. Opened at Royal National Theatre, London.

Justina M Barnicke Gallery

Exhibition / Installation,
2000
Exhibition at JMB gallery, Toronto, Canada

Merits

1999 Grand Prix, first prize, National Photography Exhibit, Cuba

Www

About Photography

Essay on Cuban photography.

LACS - Manchester University

Dissertation on Cuban photography.

Fotorevista

Magazine based in Argentina. Includes pages on Raúl Cañibano Ercilla.
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The Church of the Queen, Havana
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Cienaga de Zapata (Mantanzas)
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Las Tunas (Manati)
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Piner del Rio
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Cienfuegos Bay
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Peasant Land