By: Haydée Pérez Quiala
In order to strengthen learning and develop artistic skills in children through knowledge and acknowledgement of cultural heritage of the city, the celebration of the Day of the Belgian culture in Santiago de Cuba fostered the exchange among Flemish photographers and young pioneers of the Clodomira Acosta, Abel Santamaría, Nacho Martí and Roberto Rodríguez primary schools.
His Excellency Patrick Van Gheel, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Cuba, visited the Palacio de Pioneros “Una Flor para Camilo”, venue of the Workshop. Mr. Van Gheel expressed his pride in the achievements in terms of academic, scientific, social, and research development thanks to the cooperation between the Flemish Interuniversity Council and the Universidad de Oriente. .
“We owe ourselves the chance to tell stories”, Liza Van der Stock, a graduate from the KASK Art School of Ghent, and Paolo Favero, PhD, associated professor of Film Studies and Visual in the University of Antwerp, explained. Both researchers elucidated some basic Photography skills, the editing process, and the importance of telling a story through images.
“Inspiration is born out of possibilities granted to thinking so as to find new meanings from an artistic perspective”, Favero explained, pursuing to instill passion for this technique into young generations, from bold and unusual angles.
This exercise allowed to perform dynamic team activities to foster creative skills in children, aiming at capturing reality with new meanings through pictures.
Translator: Lilia Sanz Gámez.
His Excellency Patrick Van Gheel, Ambassador of Belgium in Cuba, exchanged with children and teachers from various primary schools who attended the photography workshop in the Palacio de Pioneros “Una Flor para Camilo”. Photos: Rovier Mesa.