Beyond the Frame: A ground-breaking exhibition in support of the Miami Five

Beyond the Frame is aimed at raising awareness around the case of the Miami Five organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. 

The full exhibition includes some of the finest contemporary Cuban art – shown in the UK for the first time – and artwork by celebrated UK-based artists such as John Keane, Derek Boshier, Susan Hiller and Mona Hatoum. It will be in London (Gallery 27) 23-28 April and Glasgow (The Lighthouse) 7-13 May. All of the artists have donated their work for free and will be sold for the Miami Five campaign. A selection will be displayed and available for purchase in Manchester on Friday May 4th at the Anthony Burgess Centre, Cambridge Street.

The Miami Five were falsely accused of committing espionage against the United States. They have been imprisoned for over 13 years and their families have been denied full visitation rights. Their trial and incarceration has been condemned by the United Nations, Amnesty International, many British trades unions and various human rights groups. Beyond the Frame will help bring this ongoing injustice to a new audience in Manchester on Friday, May 4th in the Anthony Burgess Centre.

The exhibition features special works by Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernández, two of the Miami Five. Antonio has contributed a selection of drawings and paintings whilst Gerardo has contributed a series of cartoons. All of their artwork has been completed whilst behind bars. “Behind every work there is always an emotion, but I can tell you that in mine there is, above all, freedom in the roughest confinement” – Antonio Guerrero, Miami Five prisoner Miami Five

The exhibition will open in Manchester on Friday May 4th at 12 midday, It will be at the Anthony Burgess Centre (IABF), 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY. Entrance is free. School, College and Community groups are especially welcome. At 7pm a public meeting will be held there. Speakers will include : Lesbia Vent Dumois and Gustavo Diaz Sosa. Both are contributing artists to the exhibition. Lesbia has been Director of Fine Arts at Casa de Las Americas in Havana. Gustavo’s art is currently exhibiting in Madrid. They will speak on culture in Cuba’s revolution and also on the case of the Miami Five. Admission £5, £3 cons. including buffet reception from 5.30p.m.

How you can help? You can help support the exhibition and campaign for Freedom for the Miami Five by publicising the exhibition and meeting, making a donation, and buying artwork

Support in Manchester has come from Unison, Councillor Mike Amesbury (Executive member for Culture and Leisure), Councillor Mark Hackett (former Lord Mayor), and Parvathi Kumarswami (Co- Director, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Manchester).

Please contact Manchester Cuba Solidarity : . Telephone : 07951-312914

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