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José Angel Toirac
Born in 1966 in Guantánamo.

Quiet, Quiet, We Hear, 1997
José Angel Toirac
This work is centered around the Cuban secret service. The agents are meant to protect the people, and yet are seen as unwanted watchmen.

Toirac reproduces award-ribbons like those worn in the early sixties. He replaces the familiar image of Fidel Castro with the portraits and names of dead secret agents which he found in a book on »Martyrs of the Ministry of the Interior«. He hangs bells from the ribbons, in an allusion to the story of the mice who hung bells on the cat, in order to be warned of its approach (also a popular proverb).
José Angel Toirac

© photos: Gerhard Haupt

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