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UNCW Students Explore Cuban Visual Art and History

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Rebecca Firth, Mariana Johnson, Corinne Tabor, JT Fritsch and Madison Mehlman at the film poster gallery of the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos.

Film Studies majors and students from the Honors College traveled to Havana, Cuba in May on a short-term study abroad trip led by Mariana Johnson, chair and associate professor in the Department of Film Studies, and Jennifer Fernandez-Villa, director of International Student and Scholar Services. The trip was an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Cuban culture while studying Cuban visual arts and history.

Students attended a screening at the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos, visited the Sara Gómez/Agnès Varda installation at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and observed dance classes at Cuba’s National Arts School. They also had the unique opportunity to look into the only camera obscura in Latin America. The students stayed in private homes in the Vedado neighborhood near the University of Havana and had the chance to explore Old Havana, visit the beach and even try salsa dancing.

Dr. Johnson teaches courses in Latin American Cinema and her area of expertise is Cuban film and media. She is currently teaching Studies in Film History: Cuban Cinema, which examines the relationship between filmmaking and historiography after the 1959 Revolution.


All the participants and instructors at Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Cuba's National Arts School.