Without doubt, La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre is one of the archetypes that better embodies the Cuban identity. The popularity of its cult and long-lasting tradition dating back from the beginning of the 17th century is closely associated with faith and fate. Some Cubans refer to La Virgen de la Caridad affectionately as â€œCaridadâ€ o “Cachita”, indicating the intimate relationship with this familiar deity present in their daily lives, which linked to the most crucial events in Cuban history, stands as major icon of conciliation surpassing ideological, social and racial differences.
Since its first appearance in the Bay of Nipe, the venerated Madonna has been associated with protection in fateful periods. It is no coincidence that the successive waves of Cuban immigrants have embraced the virgin as ultimate protection in the extremis transition and, later, as the suitable repository of the surviving Cuban identity beyond the sea.
â€œAs a curator â€“explains Janet Batetâ€“ the Virgin of Charity quickly emerged to me as a symbol of unity of the sustained endeavor of different generations of Cuban artists that have played a key role in the Cuban contemporary art and today continue their careers outside the island.â€
Cachita: The infinite lightness of being renders tribute to the Cuban Saint Patroness and celebrates the outstanding production of Cuban contemporary artists working outside the island.