A month-long exhibition of paintings by eminent Cuban novelist, dramatist and artist Severo Sarduy brought to the capital by the Spanish embassy on Saturday, ruffled the Cuban government, alleges the exhibition is "launching a veiled attack on Cuba through its catalogue".
Cuban Ambassador to India Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos protested the "contents in the catalogue which touched upon of the humiliation writer-painter Sarduy suffered under the totalitarian regime in Cuba
"The catalogue says Sarduy suffered humiliation at the hands of the totalitarian Cuban government...which is why he spent most of his life outside Cuba," Ramos translated the catalogue as saying.
The Cuban ambassador's remarks were directed at noted Venezuelan writer and editor of almost all of Sarduy's collected works, Gustavo Guerrero, who co-curated the show along with Latin American literature expert Catalina Quesada from Paris and S P Ganguly from the Centre of Spanish Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
The exhibition comprises rare photographs by Sarduy, who was inspired by the sights and sounds of Varanasi, Indian textiles and Mahayana Buddhism practised in the Himalayas in his art works.
"Mr Ambassador, the time for such games is over. The text for the catalogue was written by a Mexican professor and we cannot censor the text," Gustavo Guerrero told the Cuban envoy.