The Latin American actors have been usually framed in roles that show them as hot lovers, domestic service workers, criminals or toxic elements in the plot. Those common spaces have been present in Hollywood movies over the decades; nonetheless, it wouldn’t be too daring to say that several Latin American actors, based on perseverance and talent, have currently stepped away from those cultural stereotypes and they stand out as well-positioned stars of the movie industry.
Latin actresses may be among the most sensual people in the world; although more than a few of them have revealed themselves against stereotypes and clichés that circumscribe them only to "seductive bombs". They want to be recognized not only for their curves, but also for their charisma and talent in front of the cameras. Which are the most provocative? At PanamericanWorld we propose a tour of the career of five extraordinary women who combine their great physical beauty with a great aptitude for acting.
Back in 2015, Cuban actress Yordanka Ariosa made headlines at international level. During the 63rd edition of San Sebastian Movie Festival, she was given the Silver Shell for the leading role played in El Rey de La Habana (The King of Havana), directed by Spanish Agusti Villaronga. With that award, she joined the list that also comprises Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow, just to mention some of those stars.
The six Cuban visual artists keep on impressing critics and specialists, because of the thematic diversity, as well as for the appreciated formats and styles in their creations. PanamericanWorld proposes to get closer to six Cuban painters who have reached world renown. Not a few of their work has been exposed in the main art galleries and several of them are part of private and public collections.
In Cuba, there are no large shopping malls with modern movie theaters inside. Not to mention Imax and the 3D experience is very short. You shouldn’t expect either to find commercials about the most recent Hollywood productions, although the legal limbo left by Washington’s Blockade implies that the cinemas of this Caribbean Island, which barely charge 0.05 USD per ticket, show premiere films, without having an economic agreement with the distributors. In this sui generis context, the Cuban public can be considered a great film’s consumer and, above all, of national productions.
Cuba has a special relation with cinema: Havana was one of the first cities in Latin America where the cinema came into scene, it was in 1897, and that same year, French Gabriel Veyre starred the first documentary filmed in the Caribbean country, “Simulacro de incendio” (Fire Fake).
With a diversity of curatorial profiles, at the initiative of the artists themselves or as prestigious institutions in the Cuban art promoting circuits, the art galleries in Havana live an expansion moment. They are a business strategy and, also, specific ways of conceiving and rethinking Cuban art. PanamericanWorld shows six galleries that illustrate the different paths of art commercialization in the Cuban capital.
Some faces perfectly know their position in front of the camera, since they have grown a long-lasting relation with the glass that sets the focus on them and immortalizes them. Other people have also established this connection, but they have done it from the other side or from the distance.
“In the past five decades, migration has defined Guyana. Liminal Space brings together sixteen Guyanese artists living in Guyana and the United States who explore the relationship between migration and the idea of the “liminal” — from the Latin limens, which means “threshold,” a place of transition, waiting, and unknowing.