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As the son of Cuban refugees, a lot of my art focuses on Cuba.  Recently, I painted open mouths (symbolizing free expression) on an Antonov 2 Soviet plane that flew Cuban refugees to the land of the free. 

I surrounded the plane with 46 luggage pieces and numbered them chronologically from 1959 to 2004, the years of the Cuba has been under Castro’s regime.  I then invited exiles to describe their own journey to freedom, using pen and paper, and placed a copy of each message in the luggage pertaining to the year of departure.  (The originals are archived at the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection, the largest archive of things Cuban outside of Cuba.)   Through individual accounts, this art piece portrays the Cuban Diaspora.




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Xavier Cortada has exhibited his works in museums, galleries, and cultural venues around the world and has pioneered the use of the Internet in collaborative art-making. The Miami-based Cuban-American artist, attorney, and activist has worked collaboratively with diverse groups across the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa to create pro-social community murals and participant-driven art projects. 

Cortada has created murals for:

The White House
The World Bank
The Florida Capitol
Global Health Council
World AIDS Conferences
Miami-Dade County Juvenile Courthouse
Miami-Dade Art in Public Places
Miami Art Museum

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