For the past 50 years Cuba’s future has been embedded in global systems that have the ability to connect and disconnect them in surprising and complicated ways, which has effected the day to day lives of those inhabited there. My main intention for this project is to document and bear witness to particularly interesting aspects of Cuban lifestyle, industry and culture through a series of reportage driven, visual essays. My journey begins in Havana from where I will begin trickling my way down the south coast of the island until I reach Santiago. This project will recognise the value of documenting Cuba in its time-warped state as a result of its restricted trade laws since the Cold War. Despite the Embargo between the United States and Cuba not being lifted, it has been relaxed to allow import, export, and certain commerce between the two countries. I want to uncover stories and themes from local Cubans and communities about how this has affected their lifestyle and shaped the landscape around them. In such a landscape of interwoven narratives, I hope to be able to document this network of hidden stories and re-imagine the complex and contradictory realities of the present. Creating these drawings as a historical record and platform I hope to suggest the extraordinary future of this complex, unique country.
Images to be posted soon.