The 14th Caricature and Graphic Humor La Pícua, which will take place in Cienfuegos on January 24 and 25, will be dedicated to the Five Cuban Anti-terrorist fighters imprisoned in the United States. In this yearly event the artists, students from art schools and amateurs, may contribute through their work to divulging the case of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, René González and Fernando González.
These patriots were imprisoned in 1998 in Miami and sentenced in 2001 in that same city, to sentences that ranged from fifteen years to two life sentences and fifteen years, for alerting Cuba of terrorist acts that had been planned against the country by violent organizations from the United States. Jesús Rodríguez Díaz, president of the Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (Cuban Union of Journalists, UPEC in Spanish) in the province, explained to AIN that they will undertake the third Painting for Peace, in which creators from several provinces interact with people passing through this city’s boulevard.
Through creative and technical diversity of workers, the artists have also been called to pay tribute to the National Hero José Martí, in the 160th anniversary of his birth.
He added that the encounter will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the humor magazine La Pícua, which appeared with a monthly frequency and is currently being published every three months. Alina Rosó Pérez, Programs and Communication Specialist from the Heritage Provincial Center, pointed out that there will also take place several exhibitions in cultural centers from the territory as part of this event. She pointed out that the awarded pieces will make up the caricature collection from the Provincial Museum. During the 14th edition, people will be competing in the following categories: personal caricature, cartoon stories, political satire and general humor. It is sponsored by the UPEC, the Hermanos Saíz Assosiation, the Heritage Provincial Center, the Provincial Museum and the Cinco de Septiembre Newspaper. This event was first held in 1999.