Build a country in the Caribbean

The Casa Amèrica Catalunya Foundation works to build bridges and strengthen the links that link Latin America and the Caribbean with Catalonia. With these same approaches and objectives was born in the city of Barcelona in 1911 this entity, close to its centenary, with the original name of Casa de América de Barcelona. 

Our Foundation understands culture as one of the most effective tools to know and approach the realities of both sides of the Atlantic. Through an offer that, among others, includes exhibitions, conferences, literary and musical spaces, debates or documentary and cinematographic cycles, Casa Amèrica Catalunya is committed to being a complement of Americanist cultural cooperation with other institutions and a bridge of external action in the community. development of the Ibero-American countries. In a 21st century Catalonia with a significant presence of citizens of the different countries of the Ibero-American community of nations, our institution today practices an action open to participation, intercultural dialogue and integration, always recognizing the origins of people .

Casa Amèrica Catalunya embarked on the transatlantic adventure of La Huella Catalana in the Caribbean, with the León Center and together with the Institut Ramon Llull, two years ago, fully aware of the importance and opportunity to work together in a cultural program of this size. Armed from the complicity of three different institutions, the Catalan Footprint in the Caribbean seeks to evoke and above all learn from a common collective past: the legacy that the Catalans left in the Caribbean area, thus reopening a stage of Catalan emigrant history that had much more fretwork than the one known until today. Beyond the widely spread and recognized economic field (framed in the expression "fer les ameriques", whose literal translation would be "make the Americas"), the Catalan influence covered many more aspects, from the political to the architectural, through the artistic , social and academic.

The opening of the photographic exhibition Wifredo García: Peculiar obsessions is the first action of this Catalan-Caribbean program, which has its starting point in the Dominican Republic, travels with other actions Puerto Rico and Cuba, to conclude in Catalan lands. The history of the Catalan Wifredo García Domenech belongs to the Caribbean. And the most remarkable thing is that, as in so many other cases of citizens of Catalan origin, Wifredo belongs to the history of the Caribbean even before his birth. His grandfather and his mother, both Catalans, were part of the social, cultural and labor fabric of the Dominican Republic, a country they left behind at 1930 to return to Catalonia. Wifredo García Domenech was born that way in Barcelona, ​​but at the 11 years he returned to a family land that he still did not know. In the Dominican Republic it grew and was formed; and since then it was an indisputable part of this Caribbean country. Wifredo García is therefore as Catalan as he is Dominican, and it symbolizes so many women and men who built a future from their origin, moving away from the Mediterranean and adopting the blue of the Caribbean as their own. At the beginning of 2010, Wifredo García: Peculiar obsessions will travel to Barcelona. The Dominican artist, the Catalan photographer, will be back home. And it will be the first time he exhibits his work in Barcelona, ​​his hometown. With it, it will draw a Catalan-Caribbean collective memory that this cultural program aims to highlight: that of those Catalans who decided to build a country beyond their own and that made the Caribbean their identity.

Taken from the book Wifredo García Peculiares Obsessions.

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