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The Most Faithful: Photographs by Daniel Handal

Yulia Tikhonova

Sep 2010

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August 13, 2011
The photographer Daniel Handal has developed a special empathy with Cuba. Originally from Honduras, Handal now feels at home on the streets of Havana and has established a connection to its people through his explorations in portraiture. Handal went to Cuba to understand the differences between his native Honduras, which exists under a constant threat of drug-related corruption, and Cuba. For Handal it was a collision of time frames. Flashbacks to the Honduras of his childhood in the 1970s, growing up in a family of Palestinian descent, within a small but significant community of Arabs, were triggered by his rambles through the neighborhoods of Havana. He depicts Cubans working hard through the day or spending time with their families in their leisure hours. Handal, who studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, creates striking impressions of character, situating his subjects in their day-to-day contexts. His astute perception of sensual detail and revealing gesture bring psychological intensity and immediacy to his direct portrait frame. The Most Faithful is a compilation of twelve color photographs, which Handal made in Havana during his trips in 2010. Some are portraits of workers: a baker, butcher, blacksmith; others depict young people hanging out. "The Always Most Faithful Island" is a name which Spaniards originally gave the island of Cuba in the 1820?s. The Most Faithful: Photographs by Daniel Handal is part of the series Borough to Borough: Artists in Libraries held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Public Library network and Brooklyn House of Kulture. Curated by Yulia Tikhonova Daniel Handal was born in Honduras and immigrated to United States in 1994. He received his BS from Rutgers University and studied photography at the International Center of Photography. His work focuses on subcultures, relationships, and how identity is linked to these connections. Daniel has exhibited his work internationally at the Australian Centre for Photography and MKII in London. In the US he has exhibited at Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston; and the Museum of Sex, New York among others. Daniel has been awarded residencies at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He currently lives and works in New York City. Yulia Tikhonova is a Moscow?born, Brooklyn?based curator, who received her MA in Curating from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Tikhonova is the founder of Brooklyn House of Kulture, which presents art as a form of empowerment through hands-on engagement with the creative process. She is a contributing editor to the FlashArt International, and writes for Art in America. The exhibition The Most Faithful: Photographs by Daniel Handal, runs from August 9 through September 6 2011, Opening reception Tuesday August 9th, 6-8 pm Closing reception: Tuesday September 6th, 6-8pm Caribbean Cultural and Literacy Center Brooklyn Public Library Flatbush Branch 22 Linden Bvld, Brooklyn, NY Library hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays 1-5 pm Wednesdays and Fridays 10-5pm bold word(s) bold word(s) bold word(s) bold word(s)

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