Presently, the Trump administration continues to back trade embargoes and impose new sanctions after the historic progress between Washington and Havana during Obama’s presidency. The newly-opened US embassy in Havana remains empty and Cuba must stand still in time a little longer.
But in trying to escape the financial austerity which was at its zenith after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the ’90s, Cuban culture thrives on the streets and in the fields. Selfie sticks are replaced with fishing spears and communities make a backbone for an island where ingenuity is everything. As the saying goes, the people of Cuba are, ‘attached to nothing but connected to everything.
Cubanistas is the depiction of an island in the middle of the Caribbean sea, preserved in time. It’s a place that has – so far – escaped the digital disruption of the Western world but a smartwatch on the wrist of a hip bookstore worker acts as a gentle reminder that change will eventually follow. What this exhibition aims to capture is this connectivity – not via data or smartphone apps, but through skills passed down through generations and communities of cultural expression.
These trips were created with the expertise of Cuba Private Travel who have sponsored this exhibition. Cuba Private Travel creates luxury personalized vacations for the independent traveler, giving you exclusive access to the very heart of the island’s culture, landscape, and people.
Rama Knight is a London-based photographer who, for 20 years, has built a body of work as a global documentarian of landscapes and cultures in periods of change; socially, economically and literally.
In both 2017 and 2018, he visited Cuba on behalf of Monocle Magazine, Food and Travel, and The Times’ Lux Edition, shooting editorial while building up a private collection of work which forms the basis for this exhibition.
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The Cuba Private Travel team has access to the very best in Cuban art, music, literature, dance, environment, history and architecture as well as Cuba’s most outstanding beaches and accommodation. By listening to you, the independent traveller, we are able to create tailor-made travel itineraries for your vacation that take you to the heart of Cuba’s culture, landscape and people. Cuba Private Travel’s bespoke itineraries are fully U.S. Treasury Department compliant and include access to personal guides, experts, interpreters and, of course, a 24-hour concierge.
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