CAMAGÜEY.- With an engravings and color paintings sample, Martha Jiménez embraces the birthday 203 of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, one of the most notable Latin-American writers, transcendent woman that was born here, on March 23, 1814, in the Port-au-Prince of that time.

This Wednesday, the 22nd, the exhibition Martha's pilgrims was opened to the public. The name of the exhibition alludes to the pseudonym of The Pilgrim, used by the poetess and dramatist who took root in Spain, one of the reasons for which part of the literary critics tried to deny her status as Cuban, condition vindicated with substantial investigations in the last decades.

Although native of San Germán, in the Holguín province, Martha Jiménez is Camagüey´s child for adoption and conviction, and her artistic trajectory confirmed her as a legitimate heiress of The Avellaneda, with her anti-patriarchal speech, from different supports and techniques of the visual arts.

“These sensual women, of sweet and bold attitudes and expressions, could be also this type of woman who Tula was trying to defend in her work. This homage is also extensive to those women who essentially have defended their right to fight for what they wish and have bequeathed in space and time an artistic universe that has turned into patrimony of Cuba and humanity”, insisted the curator Juan Carlos Mejías Ruiz.

The gallery Nicolás Guillén, in the headquarters of the newspaper Adelante, will receive for one month the exhibition that awards from the plastic arts an elegant touch to the celebration of the birthday of Tula, sponsored by the Provincial Center of the Book and the Literature, through its Promotion´s Center Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda and the Publishing House Ácana.

The festivities began on March 18, in the space Saturday of the Book, with the presentation of the book entitled The Avellaneda: historical novel and update, by Luis Álvarez Álvarez and Olga García Yero, one of the novelty of the Fair of the Book in Camagüey, foreseen from April 5 until April 9. Yesterday a talking show happened in the Bookstore Antonio Suárez and this evening there will also be a reminder in the Provincial Museum Julio Antonio Mella and in the pedagogic campus of the University of Camagüey “Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz”.

Today, day of Tula´s birthday, workers of the Center of the Book and intellectuals of the province will deposit a floral gift in the monumental sculpture dedicated to Tula, sculpted by Sergio Roque Ruano, and located in the intersection of General Gómez and Avellaneda streets in 2016.

During the opening of the exhibition, Mayelín Portales, director of Ácana, highlighted the dimension of The Avellaneda, dead on February 1st , 1873, “the one that we must be proud of, not only through verbal expression, but with facts. We start with Martha, and we have put ourselves a high goal for every year”.

The Publishing house Ácana has published five books related to Tula: The Avellaneda, historical novel...; The Avellaneda in her bicentenary, both by Luis Álvarez Álvarez and Olga García Yero; The Pilgrim: a century of longed return, by Humberto Rodríguez Manso; The album of the good and the beautiful, compiled by Oneyda González; and Autobiography and letters of love, compiled by Mayelín Portales.

Autobiography and letters of love contains epistles that had remained unpublished for hundred of years, it was one of the texts more sought by the audience in the International Fair of the Book of Havana in 2014, and because of this demand it will be printed again by Ácana in 2017.

Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez