Yaniry Fariñas García

2022 – Inside and through BEAUTY – Cuba

I rediscovered that life is not about what can be seen in front of an audience, but about those moments in which the silence and the gazes of the other managed to transform the moments. For me, it was a way to heal my relationship with myself and with the world, in such a simple way, because I like it when we hear: “Your presence alone is enough, no matter how much you can or cannot contribute”.

The freedom to be, to live in the now, without being upset with the past, or despairing about the future, I was able to achieve it in that space, because the dialogue of my teacher who encouraged me to let go, who emanated empathy, and the faces of my classmates, in whom one could see the fear of showing oneself, a collective fear, motivated me to lower my defences. I could feel part of what was happening, although my intentions were never to integrate, because when one decides to open up, to stop holding back what weighs us down, and we recognise it in front of a group, healing will follow. In the little things, almost without speaking, without trying to prove anything, that’s when I discovered that all I needed was to be myself. So nothing is the same for me after the workshop. I continue on a path of constant openness towards the other, I am not indifferent to the insignificant, whether it be moments of silence, of contact with others, because I know that I can find myself there.

Beauty is to be found in everything. I don’t believe that there is anything without a hint of beauty. But when we refer to it, as far as I can understand, we are referring to that intrinsic need that man has to look for solutions, ways out, perhaps a search for truth, or good, for something that transcends us; even in austere circumstances. Seen in this way, although I don’t think I understand the true meaning of this concept, the search for beauty is something we all have innate, and I don’t think there is any human being who doesn’t search for it, even if we walk in the opposite direction towards perdition, because we all try to see the light in the darkness, we are not beings of darkness. And I did see beauty in the carvers.

Where did I see it? Well, in every activity that was done, a great beauty emanated, because every act, both the classes that were taught, which were tools that allowed self-knowledge, and the practical classes, allowed the creation of spaces where it was conducive to see beyond the simple appearance. Meeting the other is a leap that will allow us to find ourselves, and I see the beauty precisely in those tools that brought out some of the inner misery, making us focus on the face of the other, and see glimpses of the truth. For me, there is no quicker way to understand the world than to try to understand another being, human connections save, empathy, too, and beauty undoubtedly joins them.

Yaniry Fariñas García
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