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by Geoff Jaeger
posted 03/11/2013

Havana : Buildings, Cars and People – A photographic exhibition by Marc Burlace

Marc Burlace’s Havana opens Thursday 07 November at Gallery Mercure. The photographs in the exhibition provide the viewer with fleeting glimpses of Havana’s streets – 20 vibrantly dilapidated scenes. Each image creates an exotic impression of Cuba’s enigmatic capital, captured while Marc was living there at the beginning of 2010.

Huge American automobiles from an imagined cinematic past rumble down dusty city streets, surrounded by run-down colonial buildings. Layers of paint on these buildings peel away to reveal even more deliciously rustic and faded colours beneath.

These images could perhaps be mistaken for elaborately detailed film sets. Instead, we see “a city trapped in the glamorous 1950s, but ageing ungracefully.”

Colour photo of empty bar with blue walls and checked tiled floor.

“Happy Hour”

Marc Burlace is an Australian photographer who has worked professionally in the industry on and off since 1988. He’s covered most genres in his career including portrait, sport, landscape and fashion, and exhibited in London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Sydney.

The works in Havana were selected for the HeadOn Photo Festival in 2011 and exhibited at Sydney’s Gaffa Gallery.  His book Postcards from Cuba was a semi-finalist for the Momento Book Awards the same year.

In 2007, Marc founded Sydney’s Shutterbug Awards which gives non-professional and emerging photographers a chance to have their work seen and recognised by industry leaders, peers and members of the public.

10 per cent of sales are donated to the Wayside Chapel to support their work within our community.

Havana by Marc Burlace
07 November – 08 December
Opening Drinks 6-8PM : 07 November

Gallery Mercure
Level 2, 226 Victoria Street
The Mercure Sydney, Potts Point
Directly above Kings Cross Train Station

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