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Luc Chessex show at bromer kunst – Cuba in the 1960ies

Parallel to the current Rudolf Häsler – retrospective, a space within the bromer kunst gallery is consecrated to the documentary photographs by Luc Chessex (*1936, Lausanne). The exhibited works aesthetically portray Cuba during the 1960ies, straight after the Socialist Revolution. The issue of the photographs is perfectly embedded into the Rudolf Häsler exhibition, since both artist travelled simultaneously to Cuba and worked as employees of the Cuban Government. 

Photography by Luc Chessex (*1936,Lausanne)

Luc Chessex gained great popularity due to his photographic output during his stay in Cuba; his pictures travelled around the world and spread Cuba’s socialist ideas. There is no artist who documented the political change during the revolutionary years in Cuba as extensively as Chessex did. The portraits he took of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are still considered as icons of the Revolution.

Initially, Rudolf Häsler travelled to Cuba for the sake of love, Chessex however, followed the Revolution that was happening on the Caribbean island. Travelling there and taking pictures was Chessex’s own way to contribute something to the historical event. As a 25-year-old man he immigrated to the recently established Socialist Nation in the 1960ies. There he was appointed official propaganda-photographer by the Cuban ministry of culture. Afterwards, he engaged with the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina and therefore, travelled to various Latin-American countries.

Both Swiss artists -Luc Chessex and Rudolf Häsler- sympathised with the ideals of the Cuban Revolution and they understood how to contribute in their own individual and creative way to the realisation of the ideological goal. There is no doubt about the fact that both artists met regularly during their stay in Cuba; either in cultural events or enjoying white wine and jerky from the Grisons in the Swiss embassy.