A Cuban contemporary photographer, Leandro Feal takes an unexpected look at Cuban society through various photographic genres.
Born in 1986 in Havana, Feal currently lives and works between Havana and Barcelona. His work was shown in a range of venues, including Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Galleria Continua Les Moulins, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana (MNBA), Museo de Arte Moderno de Santo Domingo, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk. Parasol Unit, London and the Japan Foundation in Tokyo.
Feal uses photography as a way to invite the viewer into the intimacy of the cuban youth, its environment, its desillusions and expectations. Depicting streets, bars, discotheques or rented rooms, he documents the transit of certain subjects from one environment to another. Zigzagging between private and public spaces, his work dissects the history of photography in order to reconstruct the collective imagination that surrounds Cuba, at the same time inviting the viewer to consider the role of representation in challenging societies.
Featured image: Leandro Feal - Untitled, from the series: Ya la vida cambió, 2018-2019 (detail). Ultrachrome printing on baryta paper 310 gr. 3 7/10 × 2 2/5 in. 9.3 × 6.2 cm. This is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie