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Antonio Guerrero: Cuban 5
November 22, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - December 4, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Opening in the Vernacular Lounge
Saturday 22 November 2 – 3.30pm
‘I will die the way I lived’ – Fifteen paintings for fifteen years. Prison paintings by Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five
These 15 watercolours capture the days in 1998 when the Cuban Five – five political prisoners unjustly imprisoned in U.S. jails – were locked up in the “hole.”
Antonio Guerrero, serving a sentence of 21 years and 10 months, is currently in a medium security prison in Florida. He taught himself to draw and paint in prison.
Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, and René González were arrested in 1998, convicted on frame-up charges, and sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 15 years to double life. René González and Fernando González have served their time and returned to Cuba to a hero’s welcome.
The Five were guilty of no crime at all. What they were doing was collecting information on the murderous counter-revolutionary Cuban American paramilitary organisations which operate with impunity from bases in the U.S. These groups have a history of organising bombings, assassinations, and other assaults on Cubans and their supporters within the U.S., in Cuba itself, and in other countries.