Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel). Estuve casi todo el invierno en Rheinlandia; escribiendo estos boleros: A Fully Illustrated Winter Book. (Newcastle upon Tyne: University of Northumbria at Newcastle, 1999). Lithographs. Limited edition: 21 copies plus two artist's proofs.
The title of this work translates as: "I spent almost the whole winter in Rheinland writing these boleros…" It is a collection of events, situations, characters, and places from the point of view of someone who is far away from home a traveller.
The main character is a self-portrait of the author/artist; all the stories are autobiographical and intimate. But this personal narrative is blended with reflections on society, history, politics, and culture. I would like it to be perceived as a view of Cuba by a Cuban who is probably abroad, as well as a view of abroad by a Cuban who is at home.
"Home" and "abroad" are not notions of site. They are actually terms to describe the atmosphere, the climate, the spiritual condition that we are going through right now, wherever we are. "Home" is usually at hand, tuned, decipherable. "Abroad" is somehow fuzzy, distant or taking its distance something you have lost, or you will never be able to grasp, hold or keep. In these pieces, music (boleros, canciones, jazz cubano) is always being played in the background. It is ubiquitous, and it underlines or completes the prevailing atmosphere or climate in which I find myself.
Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel)