Rachel Weiss


On her book To and from Utopia in the New Cuban Art

Cover Interview of July 03, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“On living, without illusions, the experience of disillusionment.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“What happened in Cuba gives us an acute sense of what it can mean, both for individuals and for societies, when we engage in that most contemporary of dilemmas—heading both to and from utopia.”

On the second:

“Paramythological and parahistorical, icons are symbols intended to be clear in their meaning. Elso took Cuba’s central icon and made it so complex, contradictory, emotional, and ambiguous that it was impossible to nail down.”