This collaboration between photographer Lisette Poole and painter Nelson Enriquez is about the journey to Cuba in search of family. Lisette, born in San Francisco, went to her mother's birthplace of Havana to find a family waiting to embrace her with open arms. In Cuba she found herself bound to these strangers by blood and stories of her mother as a child. The experience was one of a life missed, the life she may have lived if her family had not left Cuba, a life very different from her own for better or for worse.
Nelson adds to this work as a Cuban artist, bringing a new dimension and life to the pieces. The collaboration between the two artists creates a multi-faceted view of the people in the photos and the life they represent. The video and canvasses not only represent the communication between families, and friends, but mediums and worlds as well.
Nelson E. Enríquez is a multidisciplinary artist focused on photography, video, and mixed media collage. Born in Havana, Cuba, where he currently resides, Nelson´s work is social and sometimes biographical, exploring themes of travel, frontiers, consumerism and material scarcity both on and off the island of Cuba. He has exhibited widely in Cuba in both personal and collective exhibitions, and internationally in Germany. He has received international awards from Europa Abierta and the Cuban National Festival of Ephemeral Sculpture.
Lisette Poole is a local San Francisco photographer. She graduated from SF State with a BA in photojournalism and now seeks to blend fine art photography with photojournalism. Most recently she has a solo show of black and white film photography entitled Lazy Eye/El Ojo Flojo at Asiento in San Francisco. She has exhibited in collectives at Rayko Photo Canter, Mezzanine, Harvey Milk Photo Center, and Casa Guayasamin in Havana, Cuba.