Marta María Pérez Bravo

Cuban, b. 1959
Marta María Pérez Bravo studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte and later at the Academia de Artes Plásticas “San Alejandro,” both in Havana, and is best known for her small format black and white photography. Central to Pérez Bravo’s photographs are the beliefs of Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion that combines the Yoruba religion (brought to the Caribbean by slaves imported to work on sugar plantations) with Roman Catholic and Native Indian traditions. Santería teaches that spiritual power exists in all things, even everyday objects. Thus, Bravo seeks to convey through her photography the divine nature of all things—from familiar objects like rope and branches to her own body. 
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