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Images from silence
Rafael Acosta de Arriba
 
Images from silence

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With a work aimed to examine and re-create the myths and legends of the Abakuá Secret Society, Belkis Ayón made an esential contribution to he Cuban Culture and to a sort of sociology from the images which always rested upon a quite careful research and study of these themes. I quote her words: “Icreate images for the most variegated stories of myth, motivated by its lessons on human questoning about struggle for preservation and survival.…”

I remember the day she explained me one of her works and her fast answers to a lot of questions I made her about the researching ground of her visual proposal. A solid theoretical preparation and became obvious.

The mix, linking and the relation among symbolical values of Abakua sect and other cultures was one of her aims, admirably achieved. She got mastership with the la colography technique within the different variations of emgraving. Her level and knowledge on specialized criticism soon appeared.

I also remember her as the dynamo promoter of the Huella Múltiple (Multiple Imprint), an engraver´s meeting held because an esential reason: Belkis became responsible of mobilizing and organizing these salons which nucleated the best of Cuban engraving and its rising talents

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Rafael Acosta de Arriba

President of the National Council for the Visual Arts.

Havana, June 2001

(Words for the Catalogue of the artist´s exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts)

Cortesía State Belkis Ayón