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The black, while yellows, and red’s of Esteban’s works are ever present in Gazes, a transformative portrait that challenges racial and gendered stereotypes. The turned head and shoulders are obscured by expressionist brushstrokes from the eyes up, swiping upwards into a complex and confrontational abstraction.
History always has a funny way of catching up to us, Guerra seems to make sure of that. The historical context that he intimately experienced in Cuba and in the diversity of New York City is mixed with the now, giving the viewers the constant message that liberation starts from the body. Gender stereotypes along with racial stereotypes that are perpetuated by long standing societal structures are also taken for a fresh spin, while playing with its past meanings.