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Cuba Is

Annenberg Space for Photography

Michael Christopher Brown, Helen and friends wait for their $1.00 cheese pizzas in Playa neighborhood, Havana (From the series Paradiso ), 2015. 37.5 x 25 in. © Michael Christopher Brown

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This photography exhibition reveals the complexities of contemporary Cuban life, from expressions of loss and hardship of the past to the vibrancy and optimism that defines Cubans today.

Revealing complexities on--and off--the island, Cuba Is explores aspects of Cuba not easily accessed by foreigners--and sometimes not even by Cubans themselves. Born from indigenous, African and European roots, divergent politics and limitations in communication and commerce, the Cuba seen in this exhibition goes beyond the folklore and offers new insight into its current reality. Over 120 photos feature subjects ranging from defiant youth known as “Frikis” to the hard-partying children of the 1%, the underground system of sharing digital content - “El paquete” – to Miami’s Chonga girls.

Cuba Is also includes archival images and work done on assignment by five photographers: Elliot Erwitt, Leysis Quesada, Raúl Cañibano, Tria Giovan and Michael Dweck along with an original documentary, produced by the Annenberg Foundation, highlighting these photographers at work. A virtual reality experience will bring the viewers directly into Cuba’s current and dynamic music scene.

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September 09, 2017 - March 04, 2018


West LA & Valley




Film & Video, Photography