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The mermaids of Cuba

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In January 2010 I traveled to Cuba to research my book on the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. I was enchanted by the whole cult of the mermaid–she is goddess, nymph, protectress and mother to many Cubans. Infused in the culture … Continue reading

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Guest artists: JG Bertrand and Becca Tzigany

  The deities in the painting are Oshun, Mars and Venus. Oshun is the Afro-Caribbean goddess of the river, love, sexuality and beauty. This prayer–an excerpt from The Pillow Book of Venus and Her Lover: Reinventing the Myth–asks for purification … Continue reading

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