Cuba at a Glance

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Gabriel Bly

When the Obama administration began to open the door to Cuba, businessmen, tourists, students, and artists, flocked to the island that has been cut off from the world for nearly 50 years.

Its only 90 miles away from the shores of Florida, yet being in Havana is like traveling back in time. Populated by both the very rich and very poor, the island is still clinging to its socialist roots from the revolution, much to the dismay of Cuban citizens.

Photo by Vera Gorbunova.

A young boy with no shoes walks through the brightly colored houses of residential Havana.

Photo by Vera Gorbunova.

The beaches of Cuba are one of the biggest tourist attractions. This beautiful beach of Santa Maria is just outside of Havana was almost empty.

Photo by Vera Gorbunova.

These strange, three wheeled taxi’s, wait outside the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Photo by Gabriel Bly.

Cuba is famously known for it’s classic motor vehicles. When the embargo stopped new shipments from coming into Cuba, they conserved what they had by repairing their old cars again and again. This 1957 Ford Fairlane is not a strange sight in Havana.

Photo by Naomi Butterfield.

There are several buildings in Cuba that look like they have been through a war, but it’s just neglect that makes these buildings fall apart.

Photo by Naomi Butterfield.

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara built El Instituto Superior de Arte (The University of Arts of Cuba) in 1961. It was designed for the utopian future that the Cuban Revolution would bring.

It houses schools for music, visual arts, performing arts, and now film and video.

Photo by Vera Gorbunova.

An instillation for Havana’s Biennial at the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art featuring JEFF (José Emilio Fuentes Fonseca) includes child-like paintings, toys, and fantastical statues of large mushrooms and animals. Like much of Cuban art there is a large emphasis on patriotism.

Photo by Naomi Butterfield.

There is no such thing as advertising in Cuba, only propaganda. This propaganda reads, “Long live free Cuba.”

Photo by Vera Gorbunova.

The images of these three communist leaders are pained all over Cuba, they are, from left to right: Julio Antonio Mella (a founder of the Cuban Communist Party), Camilo Cienfuegos (a Cuban revolutionary), and Ernesto “Ché” Guevara.

Photo by Naomi Butterfield.

Featuring the same leaders from the last photo; the words above read: “Study, work, and rifle.”

Photo by Vera Gorbunova.

Another propaganda poster that depicts the Cuban leaders. This one reads, “All for the revolution.”

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