Slovak photographer Andrej Palacko during the inauguration of his exposition Amor a Cuba, on display through September at Havana’s José Martí Memorial. Photo: Juan Diego nusa Peñalver

Slovak photographer Andrej Palacko’s exposition Amor a Cuba, depicting a people charting out their own future, was inaugurated on August 17, in Havana’s José Martí Memorial, in honor of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz’s 90th birthday.

Attending the opening were representatives from Cuba’s Ministry of Culture, members of the accredited diplomatic corps in the country, artists and Ladislav Straka, ambassador of Slovakia to Cuba, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union Council.

The exhibition, which will be on display to the public through September, 2016, is composed of 110 photographs and two large-scale images and captures historic moments on the island and different figures from the worlds of Cuban art, culture, sports, state and government leaders, as well as daily life in the country and the uniqueness of a society which continues in its efforts to build a better world, where “full dignity for all humankind” is a founding principle.

Some of the most interesting images of the exposition include those taken during the 2006 May Day celebrations in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, where Palacko also witnessed Fidel speaking to the Cuban people.

Opposed to the brutal neoliberal austerity measures which have caused humanity so much pain, and a supporter of Latin American and Caribbean integration, Palacko expresses his love for Cuba, for Fidel and his commitment to socialism, through these images.

“This country is very beautiful and unique in the world; and Fidel is currently the greatest revolutionary on the Earth. The love the Cuban people feel for him is beautiful,” stated Palacko, who has visited the island on numerous occasions.

The European photojournalist comes from a family of strong human and social values, a background which has made him the man he is today, able to capture, with his lens at the ready, the daily life of the nation and transform it into art, into love. Meanwhile, Palacko himself feels compelled to share his work and in doing so offers a message of solidarity.