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Eugenio Espinosa

Memory is like luggage-something from the past we take into the future. It can be light-sometimes just an overnight bag-or it can be unwieldy, steamer-trunk heavy. (Shed like ballast when things get tough, it can be difficult to recuperate.)

Memory is a strong umbilical cord or a gossamer thread we try to protect against the ravages and embellishments of time and distance, loss, and the pitfalls of nostalgia.

Memory is the trail of breadcrumbs that will lead us back home, a series of connections to a source.

Or, maybe more accurately, it's hard to have a home without remembering connections.

This work in this exhibition refers to the myth-like power of childhood memories, not as embalmed stories of people and places but as living, breathing reminders of sights, smells, textures, sounds, tastes, and emotions, like the vibration of wanting with all of one's being, against all odds.

So the paintings are narratives of possibility as well-an image of a boy fishing (Malecón), casting a single hook into the sea off the majestic and corroded Malecón in Habana, for instance.

Eugenio Espinosa

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