“Cuba, año cero”-Alejandro González [Havana Cultura Visual Arts Project]

“Cuba, año cero”-Alejandro González [Havana Cultura Visual Arts Project]


I’m Alejandro González,
a photographer. I won the Havana Club scholarship to carry out my project
“Cuba, año cero” [“Cuba, Year Zero”]. It’s a photographic series
basically made up of portraits of teenagers. I want to make a series about Cuban teenagers
born after 1990. Right after the disappearance of the Socialist Block. It’s a generation that grew up in very particular circumstances, where official discourse contradicts reality. This generation lived during the Special Period, and they don’t have any knowledge or memories of the sweeter period of the Cuban Revolution,
the 1980s. You could say that it is an autobiography of my adolescence,
displaced in time. I lived that precise moment when [the golden age]
was coming to an end. But I had somewhat of an experience
of the more fruitful period. When Havana Club preselected me, I was already very pleased. So when they told me I had gotten the scholarship, great. When they gave the first part of the budget, I began right away with my project. I was traveling for a month throughout the country and then I decided to stop for a moment to see what I had done. To take a break and distance myself from the work. And I’m going to begin the second phase, which would be Occidente and la Isla. When I submitted my proposal,
it was practically all about urban subcultures. But then I wanted it to be more balanced, to have rural images of a different type of teenagers that wasn’t centered only in Havana. And I think I have that covered. I now feel as if I should go back
to cities like Santa Clara and Cienfuegos. They have a sort of urban pulse, to try to find a balance with Havana.

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