Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

"Pictures of an exhibition": la participación "cubana" en la exposición de Buffalo (1901)

Ricardo Quiza Moreno


Between the end of the Spanish colony and the republic, Cuba’s political relations reflect the island’s identity crisis. Its presence at the Panamerican fair in Buffalo in 1901 enables a characterisation of the position occupied by Cuba as a peripheral concern and reveals the differing and incongruent images that Cubans had of themselves. It explores the discursive profile of the political bonds starting from the coercive, resistance or transaction rhetoric which come into play. To do so it makes an interpretation of the logical and spatial organisation of the Cuban pavilion, the characteristics, itinerary and positioning of the items, the system of awards, the pronouncements made by the individuals from the island as well as by diverse sectors of American public and official opinion.

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