In 1987, the Cuban Department of Revolutionary Orientation put up a billboard of Che Guevara above the heavily traveled Almendares Bridge, along with one of his slogans in neon lights: “A revolutionary has to be a tireless worker.” Arturo Cuenca, a Cuban-born conceptual artist, photographed the billboard from the back and reversed the image to make the words readable—this is to suggest that “in the Revolution reality never matched theory.” When the work was shown at the Salón Nacional that year, a high government official condemned it. “It is not anti-Che,” Cuenca insisted, “it is against the cult of personality.” Cuenca felt so compromised that he left Cuba. He now lives in New York and keeps the photograph above the kitchen sink in his apartment.
Featured in our Winter 1996 issue.
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