Pavilion was visited by relatives of The Cuban Five political
prisoners in the United States, as well as by members of the
diplomatic corps accredited to Havana, which attended the
opening of the exhibition “Aves por la unidad” (Birds for
Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando
Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero himself have been incarcerated
since 1998 for trying to protect their homeland from criminal
acts organized by terrorist groups based in south Florida.
The exhibition is composed of 43 drawings of birds indigenous to
Latin American countries, among them the national birds of the
countries that are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the
Americas (ALBA), to the cultures of which the 2011 edition of
the Fair is dedicated.
These paintings reflect The Americas from the wings of freedom,
said Lazaro Castillo, vice-president of the Hermanos Saiz
Association, the organization sponsoring the exhibition along
with the National Museum of Natural History and Havana’s
Provincial Center of Books.
Maria Eugenia Guerrero, Antonio’s sister, highlighted that this
proposal is very important, since it calls on young creators to
continue in the path of solidarity with Rene, Ramon, Fernando,
Gerardo and Antonio.
Painting is cause for inspiration for Antonio, which invites him
to feel free, out of
Graciela Rodriguez, president of the International Committee for
the Freedom of the Cuban Five, suggested taking this exhibition
to each ALBA member nation “and to the remaining Latin American
countries, thus carrying the spirit of solidarity, unity and
freedom these paintings inspire.”
Rodriguez read the poem “En mi Soledad” (In my solitude), by
Antonio Guerrero, who has shown that culture, justice and truth
can’t be silenced with prison.