COMMON GROUND – Mobile-Havana: A Photographic Exhibition

Mobile Museum of Art: March 2, 2018 – August 12, 2018
Cuban Museum of Fine Arts, Havana: Oct. 2019 – Nov. 2019 (500th Anniv. of Havana)

This project features a photographic exhibition of 50 photographs celebrating the “common ground” found in the people and cultures of sister cities Mobile and Havana.  The exhibition will be accompanied by programs featuring Cuban food, film, music and dance.

The photographic exhibition includes approximately 50 large-format photographs of related themes found in sister cities Mobile, Alabama and Havana, Cuba (landscape, urban structures, people, cultural traditions).

These photographic pairs represent recent images by University of Alabama resident photographers Chip Cooper and Cuban photographer Julio Larramendi.  The photographers travelled together seeking images, themes and currents common to both cities: Mobile, now over 300 years old; and Havana, celebrating the 500th year of its founding in 2019.

The photographs will be shown at the Mobile Museum of Art in 2018, and travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Havana in winter 2019 (as a centerpiece of that city’s 500th year anniversary).  This exhibition represents the first “sister-city” (Havana and Mobile) exhibition presented in the City of Mobile.

The exhibition is generously sponsored by a grant from the Crampton Trust, with additional support from the City of Mobile, Alabama State Council of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.