"You could say that the bad weather in Germany provoked the beginning of this project. I have always lived in luminous cities: Valencia, Algiers, Boston and Washington, in which the sky shone blue; in Venice, if it was gray, I always seemed to see light everywhere.
Germany came after. I learnt to live with rain and the absence of light. In conversations with friends, it was inevitable to fantasize about the sun, heat and good weather, and that is how Anja and I began to talk about Cuba. The dream of visiting the island, and travel together. She, a photographer, would go with her camera. I would draw. At the time we had planned to go the Havana, destiny seemed to have it's way, while I started packing boxes, yet again, to return back home.
Anja went alone and photographed Havana for me, for her, for both. She took photos of the city, of it's places and most importantly, its people. And then went back not once, but four times more: impressed, her soul touched and transformed. I have since then been painting that Havana which Anja gave to me. After each visit, she would bring back 600/700 photos which I made my own. I appropriated myself of the landscapes, paths, light and above all, people - Cubans that Anja met, with whom she talked with, and heard sing. That has been my world for the past two years. With them, I have lived daily in my studio. And for them, I have painted."
"Together from Afar"
Review by Fernando Castro Flórez
As Freud pointed out, we have really only ever been in one place: our mother’s womb. Everything else is the result of a separation, a strict aporia, what remains from cutting the umbilical cord. We embark on all kinds of journeys throughout our life, on many occasions swept along by the impulse of tourism, to see what we already knew there was to see. We look through our mobile phone, we take a selfie, unable to actually experience anything. On occasions we feel the need to return to places we have never been, and we even try to reconstruct a lost object, in an anticipation...
"Carmen Jabaloyes: Fascinación por Cuba"
Article in LEVANTE
La Habana es su gente, decía Vázquez Montalbán. Y en eso coincide plenamente con la autora de este Viaje a La Habana, Carmen Jabaloyes (Valencia, 1971). El cubano es gente optimista y risueña que gusta de sacar las sillas a la calle, hablar y comentar y tomarse un vasito de ron; que le pide vociferando al vecino del otro lado de la calle una pizca de sal haciéndose entender por encima de los gritos de los críos jugando a ser unos Messi otros Ronaldo, o mejor, uno Yasiel otro Yoenis, jugadores de béisbol, y muy por encima del yambú o la rumba, música escuchada a todo volumen y creada para bailar y para olvidar...