Lisette Solorzano

Lissette Solórzano was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1969. She works as a medical photographer, photojournalist, photo curator and graphic designer.

She won many prizes and her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Cuba as well as in Mexico, in England and in the United States. She also participates in the Havana Biennial, as in many collective exhibitions.

Lissette Solórzano attended the San Alejandro School of Fine Art in 1986. She entered the Havana’s School of Photography in 1991, and took courses at the Havana’s School of Design two years later, in 1993.

With her black and white photographs taken in the street, Lissette Solórzano aims at depicting the social landscape of her native island, Cuba. She takes a look at the everyday life in Cuba, offering the spectator her private - but familiar - point of view. Her favorite topics concern as much Cuba as the rest of the world - for example, her Guantanamo’s pictures are part of a series dealing with desertification.

In 1992, she began showing her personal work in an exhibition called Fantasmas efímeros y otras imagines (Ephemeral Ghosts and other images) at the Fototeca of Cuba. Thanks to this exhibition, she won the “Photographic Essay Prize” of the Casa de las Américas in 1994.  She also won this prize in 1998 with her Homeless series, for which she had spent two months in New-York.

Lissette Solórzano often uses some effects to present her work in its livelier environment. For her El Ferrocarril exhibition in 2002, galleries were outfitted with train tracks and resonated with music and sound effects.