Marta María Pérez Bravo(Havana, 1959)

Marta María Pérez Bravo is a pioneer of artistic photography in Cuba, a kind of photography done by artists rather than professional photographers, photo-reporters or photojournalists (although, of course, these can also make works of art). The purpose of this particular form of artistic creation, sometimes called metaphoric photography, is not to document external reality, people's faces, city or country landscapes, or to record scenes of daily or family life, politics or rituals. The objective is rather to explore (or to make spectators discover in the photographic images) the ideas, concepts, emotions, desires, fears, hopes and beliefs that the artist intended to convey.

Caminos II (Road II)

Caminos II also refers to Elegguá, with the figure practically bound with cement, fused to the image of this orisha. (foto 1) A pessimist would think that we are simply prisoners of Elegguá’s capricious will, while others, on the contrary, may imagine that we are capable of controlling those designs, as Marta told the Cuban critic Juan Antonio Molina in an interview: "I am my own Elegguá." Although immediately she recognized: "But what destiny has in store for me, I don't know ." Two small, almost invisible dolls are inlaid in the mass of Elegguá, representing Marta's own twin daughters and perhaps expressing that destiny is something we have to share with others, especially with our sons or daughters.

Year: 1999
Technique: Photograph
Size: 100 x 80 cm

Theme: religion