Cuban Vamp is an photographic Essay Describing Cuba in times of cultural and economical change.”Vamp” is a word that has it’s origin in Jazz music and means to improvise something very well in a group, especially in the moment you where you rely on each other in terms of Rythm. Not only related to their music, but to their lifestyle , I could observe the talent of improvisation Cubans have in their everyday life. 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. due Due to problematic conditions in the later “Era of Fidel” it was 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 rely on their talent of “juggling” with hard circumstances . One of the main ethics seemed to be the principles of helping each other inside the society. The best indicator for this was seeing, how they supported each other to repair cars on the motorway .I was witnssing that they could make a useful good basically out of anything. Thanks to Raul Castro Cubans 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 traditionally. 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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