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CU on the Gap
A Photo Essay Describing Cuba in times of cultural and economical change.

Cuba's since the 60's as a „playground" of the cold war was isolated and dependent on relations to communist countries. WIth the Embargo they suffered in an economical crisis through decades. Later in Fidel Castros era he missed to give more chances to individual developement of it's society. Only by Raul Castro the new laws and opportunities for self-led businesses such as tourist housing (Casa Particulares) was opening up new options for the Cubans.
Now Cuba is still facing an ongoing Embargo , re-introduced by Trump, The socialist influenced Cubans again need to be Kings of improvising and follow the principles of helping each other inside the society. The best indicator for this was seeing, how they helped each other to repair cars on the motorway and understand that they could make something useful basically out of anything. Thanks to Raul Castro Cuban now reiceive new options through economical changes - the state is facing bancrupty while the individuals gain more prosperity by visitors and any business connected to it; whether it's Taxi rides, agricultural tourism or the booming Casa particulares where foreigners may sleep original if not always comfortable.

My series gives a note of how Cuban Improvisation works, what time has written into the streets of Havana , Trinidad and Pinar del Rio and somehow what a gentle and quirky culture they have preserved despite all the throwbacks .

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