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El Gran Apagón - The Great Blackout


Oil on canvas

586 x 298 cm

Not For Sale

The Great Blackout, called by some "The Cuban Guernica", is perhaps one of the most important works of the 90s, a time of crisis and chaos on the island, when the shock waves of the fall of the socialist camp arrived in Europe to Cuba. El Apagón, -as its author says-, tries to capture the spiritual state of this time of ruptures, loss of support and direction. The scene represents an underground refuge for times of war, where characters from politics, history and daily life coexist; transcendental events such as the migratory crisis of those years are recreated in a kind of pictorial documentary. The Great Blackout is the recreation of a complex moment in the political-social panorama of a Cuba in the dark that has not yet recovered.