"Habana Libre": Here is a stunning contemporary exploration of the privileged class in a classless society: a secret life within Cuba. Michael Dweck's photographs are exhilarating, sensual and provocative, with a sexy and hypnotic visual rhythm. This is a face of Cuba never before photographed, never reported in Western media and never acknowledged openly within Cuba itself. It is a socially connected world of glamorous models and keenly observant artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers captured in an elaborate dance of survival and success. Havana is seen as the cultural center of the island, a mass of contrary images, raw and tender, barren and alive, musical and lyrical and fearful...sometimes all in an evening. Here too are surprising interviews with sons of Castro and Guevara as well as many others who define the creative culture of Cuba and give it texture and substance. "Habana Libre" is not a media-fabricated Cuban postcard of crumbling mansions or old American cars, but a revealing and contemporary work by an artist adept at capturing the quiet gesture, the sensuous eye and the proud and provocative pose of that most romantic of contradictions: Cuba.
Michael Dweck is a visual artist known for his suggestive photographic style. His first major photographic work was published in volume form as The End: Montauk, N.Y., in 2004, and was featured in several exhibitions and art fairs that year. In his follow-up to that success, in 2008, Dweck returned with his new project: Mermaids. The exhibition and accompanying volume featured a dazzling array of photographs of the female nude submerged in water. His photographs were first showcased at Sotheby's, New York, in 2003, in their first solo exhibition for a living photographer. Since then, his work has become part of important international art collections and has been shown in major solo gallery exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Brussels and Knokke. Michael Dweck lives in New York City and Montauk.