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Ireme by Lo CalzoNicola Lo Calzo
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Regla

The brilliant images in Nicola Lo Calzo's "Regla" move straight into profound Cuba, starting from Ékue (performed masks as living ancestors) to palengue (camps of escapees from European plantations) and comparsa (carnival dance troupes mobilized from colonial, African 'nation-groups') whose altars display protective spirit figures in Catholic, indigenous and African forms. -- “The future of urban palenques.” Introduction to Regla by Ivor Miller.

Las maravillosas imágenes de "Regla" de Nicola Lo Calzo nos llevan directamente a la Cuba más profunda. Comenzando por Ékue (mascaras performativas de ancestros vivientes), o por el palenque (los sitios decomunion de los cimarrones) o por la comparsa (el grupo de baile del carnaval, fruto de los cabildos de Nación africana), cuyos altares reúnen figuras protectoras de origen católico, indÍgena o africano. -- El futuro de los palenques urbano.” Introduccion a Regla por Ivor Miller.

 

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A Regla, l’amour du rite  8/12/2016 Liberation: "L’Italien Nicola Lo Calzo, qui s’intéresse depuis 2010, avec son projet Cham, aux diasporas africaines et aux mémoires postcoloniales, a mené ses recherches à Cuba en 2015 et 2016. Il a réussi à photographier plusieurs communautés, dont les francs-maçons de Santiago de Cuba. Mais ce sont surtout ses images des abakuás qui impressionnent. Toujours très crainte, cette société initiatique secrète masculine est née au début du XIXe siècle en périphérie de la capitale, où était concentrée la population noire, esclave ou libre. Sa tradition se rattache aux sociétés initiatiques Ekpe du Nigeria."

Memories of the African Diaspora: A Conversation with Nicola Lo Calzo  7/21/2016 Aperture: "Since 2010, the Italian photographer Nicola Lo Calzo has traversed the Atlantic coasts to research buried memories of the African Diaspora. His latest installment, Regla, taken in Cuba, is the sixth and last chapter in an album entitled Cham, following series in West Africa, Guadeloupe, Haiti, the southern United States, French Guyana, and Suriname, each of which set the stage for photographic journeys through history. Mixing documentary and art photography, Regla reveals a society’s solidarity and resistance to oppression."

Vital Rituals of the Afro-Cuban Underground  6/15/2016 New Yorker: "Lo Calzo writes that “there are two Cubas”: “The official one with its myths, its revolutionary heroes and enemies,” and another one, “underground and shrouded in silence and secrecy,” which is “all but invisible to the naïve, foreign eye.” His interest resides firmly in the second world, where marginalized groups have flourished in the face of oppression: subjugation, slavery, survival. But the strength of “Regla” is the way that Lo Calzo, whose process involves conducting extensive interviews with his subjects, finds overlap and exchange not only among Afro-Cuban cultural forms but between the official Cuban narrative and the “silent, ordinary” ones that carry on beneath the surface."

Exiles - The Maroons of Suriname and French Guiana.  6/8/2015 New Yorker: "Adrien Ajintoena, a member of one of the largest Ndyuka Maroon families, and a survivor of a 1986 massacre in which Surinamese troops attacked his village, Moiwana, and killed at least thirty-five Maroons. Photographed in Charvein, French Guiana."

 

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The future of urban palenques.” by Ivor Miller, Introduction to Regla, a book of photographs by Nicola Lo Calzo on Cuban popular culture. Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Berlin, 2017

 

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