Diango HernándezSocialist nature
Diango Hernández, *1970 in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba,
works and lives in Dusseldorf and Havana
Curated by Gerhard Obermüller
“Homage to Eugene von Gundlach” by Diango Hernández
In the spring of 1970 the German documentary filmmaker Eugene von Gundlach departed from Frankfurt airport to Havana. For more than two years von Gundlach carefully planned his first trip to Cuba. As an outdoor photographer and wildlife documentary filmmaker he knew better than anyone else the art of dealing with complex circumstances, nevertheless his next project pushed him to become a sophisticated traveler and a skillful mechanic.
For years von Gundlach focused only on documentaries that portrayed the wildlife of Socialist countries. In his first series of documentaries titled Socialist Nature he masterfully captured—with a strange combination of precision and passion—the natural world in countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and the USSR. The works of Eugene von Gundlach are difficult to categorize, they constantly shift from nature to geopolitics, and his films are documents of great interest for science and at the same time for politics.Read more