Librario Escuela Julio Mella

Photograph
ca. 2003 (photographed)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Leading contemporary photographer Desiree Dolron travels extensively, recording her journeys. Once back home in the Netherlands, she digitally enhances her images to present a richer version of events in darkly saturated colours. This scene from a Cuban library evokes extreme stillness. The portrait is of José Martí, one of Cuba’s greatest writers and most committed political activists.


object details
Category
Object Type
Additional TitleI Gave You All of My Dreams (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Cibachrome
Brief Description
Photograph, Cibachrome, Librario Escuela Julio Mella, 'I Gave You All of My Dreams' Desiree Dolron, ca. 2003, Cuba
Physical Description
Colour photograph of shelves of books below a portrait of a man hanging on a wall.
Dimensions
  • Height: 125cm
  • Width: 160cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Desiree Dolron' (Signature of photograph on version of photograph.)
Gallery Label
Dolron travels extensively, recording her journeys with a photographer's zeal. Once back home these artefacts are digitally enhanced to present a richer version of events in darkly saturated colours. This scene from a Cuban library evokes a heightened atmosphere of stillness. The portrait shown is of Jose Marti, one of Cuba's greatest writers, and committed political activists.(2008-2009)
Credit line
Purchased through the Cecil Beaton Royalties Fund
Historical context
The photograph shows the book shelves at the Library of Julio Mella the political revolutionary, exiled from Cuba in the USA who was assassinated in 1929, while walking with his lover the photographer Tina Modotti. The portrait shown in this photograph is of Jose Marti, one of the great writers and political activists born in Cuba,who was driven to see the island free of Colonial rule.
Subject depicted
Summary
Leading contemporary photographer Desiree Dolron travels extensively, recording her journeys. Once back home in the Netherlands, she digitally enhances her images to present a richer version of events in darkly saturated colours. This scene from a Cuban library evokes extreme stillness. The portrait is of José Martí, one of Cuba’s greatest writers and most committed political activists.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2057-2004

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record createdMay 20, 2004
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