The art of creating and interpreting images is akin to translating my spirit. My camera is the compass that guides me and I am grateful to it. Everywhere I have lived, I have delivered myself to light, shadows and to those details that, however minimal they may seem, have made me tremble and convert them into images.

I had hardly begun working as a photojournalist when the scarcity brought about by the Soviet Union’s collapse obliged me to experiment, shaping my artistic vision into one that is driven by precariousness, spontaneity and the necessity to focus on distinct themes such as Afro-Cuban religion, youth, longitude. Even more than those isolated themes, my idiosyncrasy, as both a filmmaker and photographer, entails the quest to document the impossible. For instance, in Habana solo, I begged to concretize the most intimate musical expression through my cinematographic images and to convert the city’s noises into music, but my persistent dissatisfaction with concretizing the impossible led to my photographic series entitled Dressing Room where photographs of musicians in “private” attempt to peak into the depths of their individual expression.

I am committed to the value of artistic liberty. I dream about forging a career that, aspires to resemble a Thelonious Monk composition, with dissonance, twists and endless risk-taking.


Solo Exhibits


2015

Island’s Creatures, El Apartamento Gallery, Vedado, Havana

2012

Juan Carlos Alom, Photographs (1989 – 2012), Buzz Art Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, Florida, USA

2009

Esperamos en el Monte Claro, Galería Villa Manuela, Havana, Cuba

Monte Soy, Galería El Torco, Santander, Spain

Culto a la Vida, Habana Cultura, Madrid, Spain

2002

Mirar la Música, Teatro Nacional de Cuba. Havana, Cuba

2001

Evidencia, Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2000

Sombras Secretas, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York.

1997

El Libro Oscuro. Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

El Libro Oscuro, Fundación Ludwig de Cuba, Havana, USA

1996

Dark Book,Schneider Gallery, Chicago, USA

Group Shows


2014

Algo que punza. Punctum Espacio. Mexico City, Mexico

Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art, Audain Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada

2012

* La Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre. Centro Nacional para las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

* La Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre. Catedral de México, Mexico City, Mexico

2011

* Tabakalera, Fábrica de Cultura Visual, Daros Latinamerica, San Sebastian, Spain

* Últimas Escenas (posters for scripts by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea that were never made), Centro de Arte 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba

2010

* Polaridad Contemporánea: Recent Works from Cuba. New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA

* Serendipity. Bienal Portugal Arte 10 EDP, Lisbon, Portugal

* Contemporary Afro- Cuban Art. Without masks. The Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa

* Océano Digital, Tecnología en el Arte, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas Fundación Rafael Botí. Córdoba, Spain

2009

* For You/ Para Usted, Daros Latinamerica Collection

* En la Ruta. Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

* Nostalgia de Futur, Homenatge a Renau. Centre del Carmen, Valencia, Spain

2008

* Terapia de Grupo. Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain

2007

* Puntos de Vista. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Daros-Latinamerica Collection, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

2006

* Tres fotógrafos cubanos, 9na Bienal de la Habana, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

2004

* Scope. Contemporain Cuban Images. Festival Toronto, Canada

* 100 Años de Fotografía Latinoamericana. Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona;

Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain

* Fluid Image, Grenoble, France

* The Daros Latinamérica Tapes. Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. Zoll Douane. Hamburg, Germany

* “Pabellón Cuba”. Pabellón Cuba, 8va Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba

2003

* Cara a Cara. Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

* Digging Alone: Five Cuban Photographers. Gallery 106. USA

* Parallax Effect. Centro Cultural Español, Miami, Florida, USA

2002

* Migraciones del Mar Caribe. Arco 2002, Spain

* 17eme Encontres video art plastique. Wharf Centre d´Art Contemporain de Basse, Normandy, France

* No island is an island. Contemporary Cuban Art, Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrison Burg, Virginia, USA

2001

* Shifting Tides: Cuban photography after the Revolution. Tim B. Wride, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

2000

* From the Negative: Conceptual Photography from Cuba. Parts Photographic Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

1995

Traces,The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, USA

* Cuba 4, Cuatro Visiones, Asociación del Arte y Cultura Caribe. Tokyo, Japan

* Natural Myth: a Bestiart. Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc, New York, USA

The Photography Show 95, (AIPAD) The New York Hilton, New York, USA

* Mística Cubana (OPENSPACE) Comune de Milano, Italy

Voluble rostro de la realidad. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba

La tama, el Olordumare y la Sagrada Familia. Galería Tina Modotti, Havana, Cuba

Arenas Movedizas, con Luis Gómez, Convento de Santa Clara, Havana, Cuba

1994

* Contemporary Photography, Festival of Photography of Houston, Texas, USA

1992

* Poco dura el dulce en la boca. Regards croises sur la Havane. Galerie de Nesle, Paris, France

* Latin America 92, Kunstbygningen, Denmark

* Cuban Photography (1950 - 1990), New Gallery, Berlin, Germany

* Fotografía Cubana en 150 imágenes, Centro de Prensa Internacional, Havana, Cuba

El desnudo. Fototeca de Cuba, Bienal de La Habana, Cuba

* Havana. Galería Nesle, Paris, France

* Laura. Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

1991

* Transformación. Galería Tina Modotti, Havana, Cuba

1990

* Fotografía manipulada. Fototeca de Cuba, Bienal de la Habana, Cuba

Films

2012

Habana Solo Cine a Contracorriente, Itinerant Screenings of the most important experimental films from Europe and Latin America. Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

June 2012 Centro Cultural Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz - Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso - UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Centro Cultural de España, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2011

* Habana Solo. Cine a Contracorriente. Itinerant Screenings of the most important experimental films from Europe and Latin America. Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

January Palacio de Hielo, Buenos Aire, Argentina

February. Ocho y Medio. Quito, Ecuador

Ocho y Medio. Guayaquil, Ecuador

Sala Ocho y Medio. Manta, Ecuador

April Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Teatro Los Fundadores Manizales, Colombia

June 2011. Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay

2010

* Monte Soy. Projection of films Habana Solo and Diario, Galería El Torco, Suances, Santander, Cantabria, Spain

* Habana Solo in Recent Acquisitions, Donald and Rubin Foundation, New York, USA

* CCC Barcelona. Projection of Habana Solo, Muestra itinerante de lo más relevante del Cine experimental de Europa y América Latina

2009

* Habana Solo. Visionarios, Audiovisual en Latinoamérica. Estados Alterados, Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

* Habana Solo. Video Experimental y Video Arte: Artistas de Cuba. Museo D Antioquia, Colombia

* Diario. Salle Zero, Alianza Francesa, Havana, Cuba

2008

* Habana Solo. Visionarios, Audiovisual en Latinoamérica, Sao Paulo: Itaú Cultural, Brazil

* Las ciudades invisibles, Videos sobre Arte, Arquitectura y Ciudad. Colegio Territorial de Arquitectos, Valencia, Spain

* Tercer Ciclo Video Arte Latinoamericano. IVAM, Institut Valenciá D´Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

* Diario, 2007. Salle Zero, Alianza Francesa, Havana, Cuba

2007

* Habana Solo, Ultramar, Videoartistas hispanoamericanos. Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil

2006

* Fast Forward III, 28th International Festival of New Latin American Film, Experimental Film, Havana, Cuba, Presentation of Habana Solo, Una Harley recorre la Habana, El Método Moderno, Lo más alto que tú vuelas and Sombras Espesas.

2004

* Free Roaming. A Compilation of Contemporary artists. Presentation of Habana Solo. Video Marathon. Museo del Barrio, New York, USA

* Pabellón Cuba, 35 mm b/n 54´. 8va Bienal de la Habana, Cuba

* Iroko. 16 mm b/n 15´. Ciudadela La California. Bienal de la Habana, Cuba

2003

* 17eme Encontres video art plastique. Wharf Centre d´Art Contemporain de Basse, Normandy, France

* Ritual a la Ceiba. Performance. Filme proyectado sobre un árbol de Ceiba con banda de música en vivo. 8va Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba

2002

* Habana Solo. LA Freewaves: TV or not TV. Los Angeles, CA, USA

2001

* Sombras Espesas. Throckmorton Gallery, New York, USA

* Lo más alto que tú vuelas, 35 mm, b/n, 8´, and Evidencia, 16 mm, b/n, 4´

Galería Génesis, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba

2000

* Art in General’s 2nd Annual 12-hour Film and Video Marathon, Nueva York, EE.UU.

* Jazz Gallery, Nueva York, USA

* Método Moderno. Zoll Douane. Hamburgo, Germany

* Videoale de Bonn, Germany

*Sombras Espesas, Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

* Kuba Gedreht, Kubanische Filmtage in Koln, Artcologne, Gallery "La Casona" Colone, Germany

* Habana Solo, 16 mm, b/n, 15´.

From the Negative: Conceptual Photography from Cuba. PARTS Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography


* Diario. 2007

* Una Harley recorre la Habana. 1998.

* Habana Solo. 2000. 15 min, 16 mm, b/n.

* El Método Moderno. 8 min, 16 mm, b/n.

* Pabellón Cuba, 54 min, 35 mm.

* Lo más alto que tú vuelas. 8 min, 35 mm, b/n.

* Sombras Espesas. 5 min, 16 mm, b/n.

*Evidencia. 8 min, 16 mm.

* Iroko. 15 min, 16 mm.

Collections


* Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

* Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

* Fototeca de Pachuca, Mexico City, Mexico

* Bronx Museum, New York, USA

* Ludwig Forum for International Art, Germany

* The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA

* Reinhard Schutz, Germany

* Chelsea Gallery, Jamaica

* FotoFest, Houston, Texas

* Photography Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, USA

* Metronom, Fundación de Arte Contemporáneo, Barcelona, Spain

* Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

* Lehigh, University Art Gallery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

* Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

* Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

* Cristine Rose Gallery, Soho, New York, USA

* ThrockMorton Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA

* Arte y Naturaleza, Madrid, Spain

Publications


* Cuba update, USA

* Aperture No 141, 1995. Cuba: Image and Imagination

* Word. Revista Pus – Moderna, Mexico City, Mexico

* Revue Noire, France

* Vogue, France

* AFT, History of Photography, Italy

* The Guardian, England

* Arte por Excelencias, 2009. Havana, Cuba

* Arte Fotográfico, 2009, Spain

* Cuba 50 50, 2010