René Peña and Cirenaica Moreira, ‘Black + White in Color’ at Couturier Gallery

Couturier Gallery is pleased to announce the dual exhibition of renowned Cuban photographers, René Peña and Cirenaica Moreira, opening September 10 (through October 15).  The show will feature 27 photographic works by both artists who have long been exploring questions of race, sex and identity through their distinctive approaches to self-portraiture. As two of Cuba’s leading visual artists, Peña and Moreira exemplify the polarity of these issues in “Black + White in Color,” with each striving to define for themselves the question of identity through the interplay of self-projection and perception.

A graduate of the University of Havana, René Peña received a degree in engineering and is a self-taught photographer.  Cirenaica Moreira graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, with a degree in theater.  Both use photography and self-documentation which is not surprising considering their political surroundings in Cuba where racism and classism officially do not exist, where propaganda is king and the image dictates the message.  Peña spent his early career focused exclusively on black and white photography, while Moreira was part of a young Cuban enclave of experimental performance artists.  Eventually, Peña shifted to color photography, maintaining the strong sense of contrast between light and dark he sought in his earlier black and white works.  Moreira distinguished herself by becoming a prolific and creative force utilizing the disciplines of performance, film and photography to express herself.

Couturier Gallery: Black + White in Color with René Peña & Cirenaica Moreira
166 N La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
September 10 – October 15, 2011, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 5:00 – 8:00pm
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Eli Consilvio