The work of Cuban photographer Ramses Hernandez Batista will be on display Thursday through Sunday in downtown Lafayette during Festival International de Louisiane.
Titled “La Cuba Vista” — The Cuban View — the photos capture the beauty of the island nation’s land, architecture, history and people, said Larry Sides, a Lafayette-based Cuba enthusiast.
Sides, a Lafayette businessman and advertising firm owner, has traveled to Cuba 27 times, including three trips in 2015. Sides, too, will have a room of photos on display.
The exhibit, on display in a building Sides owns at 203 W. Third St., opens on Thursday with a reception that runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with finger food from Café Habana City and a visit by Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. The gallery will remain open until 10 p.m. Thursday.
On Friday, the exhibit is open to the public between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Saturday, the gallery opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
Hours on Sunday are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also on Sunday, photos chosen from among eight students from Acadiana elementary, middle and high schools will be displayed beginning at 4 p.m.
The exhibit also will feature photographs by Alex Castro, second son to now-retired Cuban President Fidel Castro, and Cuban Revolution photographer Liborio Noval, who died in 2012.
Most of the photos on display will be available for purchase, Sides said.
Hernandez, from the Cuban capital of Havana, has had his photos displayed in galleries in Canada, Europe and New York. The exhibit in Lafayette this week is happening during a thawing of relations between Cuba and the U.S., which enacted trade sanctions in the 1960s.