Island in the Light / Isla en la luz


by The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation


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Contemporary Cuban art, literature, and music meet, mingle, and procreate in Island in the Light / Isla en la luz. This bilingual compilation of the work of thirty-five artists and thirty writers developed from the idea to select art pieces and ask writers to respond. The result is a thoroughly original and captivating selection of visual arts and literature in dialogue that conveys a sense of the essence and energy of Cuban arts today.

Artists represented include Tania Bruguera, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Yoan Capote, Teresita Fernández, Roberto Fabelo, Carlos Garaicoa, and Enrique Martinez Celaya. Among the writers are Wendy Guerra, José Kozer, Jorge Enrique Lage, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Achy Obejas, Leonardo Padura, and Reina María Rodríguez. The works are drawn from the Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection; the majority have been gifted to the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), while the others are promised gifts to PAMM. The volume also includes music: Pavel Urkiza composed original scores inspired by several of the selections. In addition to the short stories, poems, and essays inspired by the artwork, the volume includes commentary and critical essays by Jorge M. Pérez, Carlos Garaicoa, and Wendy Guerra and Leonardo Padura. 


“With works by Ana Mendieta, Jose Bedia, Los Carpinteros, and Sandra Ramos, accompanied by texts from authors like Achy Obejas, Reina Maria Rodriguez, and Leonardo Padura, Island in the Light captures the isolation, longing, and heartache embedded within Cuba’s complex history.”— Cultured Magazine

“The visual, poetic and musical arts meld in this explication of works from the collection of Jorge M. Perez, namesake of Miami’s public art museum and the city’s most prominent and prolific developer…Most of the literary works were initially created in Spanish; in either language, they’re a treat.”—The Miami Herald

“This book offers a unique opportunity to nurture the bridges and promote conversation between artistic disciplines…I believe in the transformative power of art and the importance of generating forums where artists of various disciplines can exchange ideas.” — Jorge M. Pérez

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation conceives and/or sponsors cultural projects such as Island in the Light / Isla en la luz as part of its mission. The foundation fulfills the philanthropic vision of Jorge M. Pérez, chairman and CEO of The Related Group, and his family. The foundation supports programs and organizations focused on the arts and culture, health and well-being, education, the environment, and economic development.


Publication Date | July 2, 2019 | Trade Edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

320 Pages

56 Color Photographs

10.24 x 12.9 in

$60.00 ($80.00 CAN)


Proceeds benefit arts organizations.