Luis Gispert: Cheerleaders and Chonga Girls

Iris Nights Lecture Series

Aired On: Feb 1, 2018

Utilizing what he terms a “hip-hop baroque” aesthetic, Luis Gispert discusses his interdisciplinary work that incorporates photography, sound, sculpture, and video. In 2001, Gispert began documenting Miami’s “chonga” girls in his series entitled, “Cheerleaders” and offers insights into the genesis of his project, on display at the Cuba Is exhibit.

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Luis Gispert
Luis Gispert

Luis Gispert is a sculptor and photographer whose work often incorporates multimedia, including sound and video. He was raised in a community of Cuban exiles in Miami and has described his aesthetic as “hip-hop baroque.” In 2001, Gispert began documenting Miami’s iconic “chonga” girls in his photographic series entitled, Cheerleaders, which attracted widespread…

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Revealing complexities both on and off the island, Cuba Is explores aspects of Cuba not easily accessed by foreigners, and sometimes not even by Cubans themselves.


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