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El muro: The Wall

by Eduardo Hernández Santos

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0981604412, Spiral-bound)

El muro by Eduardo Hernández Santos is ten triptych photographs documenting the Cuban LGBT community. Eduardo Hernández Santos made these photographs of homosexuals, transgenders and crossdressers in the summer of 2005 at Havana's seafront wall. Working only at night, Hernández developed his film with expired chemicals and printed his images on outdated photo paper. His darkroom was his bedroom. Once Hernández made his prints, he used transfer lettering to literally press onto his images the words of the late gay Cuban poet and playwright, Virgilio Piñera. El muro by Eduardo Hernández Santos is ten offset triptych photographs and two bilingual essays by the artist and by Cuban ethnographer Abel Sierra. The photographs and text are printed on luminous, mica coated paper. Three sheets of translucent magenta paper separate the photographs and essays. El Muro is 9" x 13.5" opening to 20". The structure of the book is semi-concealed wire-o binding serving the original triptych design. The edition is 1200 copies. A deluxe edition of 50 includes a signed copy of El Muro and two pigmented-ink portraits signed on verso in a clamshell box. "The central pages of this edition show these night creatures in action: dark painted nails, leather handles, lots of glam, fishing nets, even gothic, heavy made-up lips, earrings and piercings everywhere- getting stopped (by the wall itself). A girl carries her purse in her hand; another one has generous lips, almond-shaped eyes made up with kohl and well-defined cheeks. Another one turns her back to the camera and hitches up her skirt to show her thong. And there is yet another that seems to be dancing with her derrière pressed to the Malécon wall. Young boys wear fashionable white belts and ties with loose knots. Another wears tall leather boots and hot pants and who knows how difficult it must have been to get her hair done to go out that night." La Habana Elegante - Review, José Quiroga, Emory University

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