MAGICAL ISA

 


Single Channel Video
Title:: MAGICAL ISA
Original Score: Dr. Adonis Gonzalez
Full Length: 5 min 13 sec
Year: 2015
Country of Production: USA

Magical ISA was Screening at The Museum of Modern Art(MoMA)
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Synopsis

MAGICAL ISA

 

In MAGICAL ISA, Grimanesa Amoros shares her experience at the Instituto Superior de Arte of Havana(ISA), in Havana, Cuba. highlighting the picturesque landscapes and their deep connection to the students. While Fidel Castro once praised ISA as an exemplary art academy of unparalleled beauty, the current state of the school reflects a transitional state contrasting its original form.

 

The innovative, multidisciplinary architecture surrounding the five schools, were designed to engage with various artistic genres, becomes the backdrop for Amoros’ exploration. The School of Ballet takes center stage in her video, MAGICAL ISA, which has been shown at prestigious institutions like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Amoros responds to the contemporary social, economic, and environmental dynamics influencing a transitioning Cuba through this piece.

 

The video’s soundtrack, featuring a composition specially created for the video by Dr. Adonis Gonzalez, a Cuban pianist and composer, adds a beautiful dimension to the visual narrative. Dr. Gonzalez, a former student, earned honors during his nine-year tenure at the Superior Institute of Art in Havana (ISA). Notably, he is a LATIN GRAMMY nominee in the category of Best Classical Album for his solo debut album ‘Adios a Cuba.’ His remarkable achievement further enriches the cultural tapestry of this captivating musical piece.