Cuba – and Havana in particular – is one of those places that immediately conjures up certain visual connotations; brightly coloured walls, slightly battered classic American cars, cigar-toting dandies. But there’s another site of the Caribbean island – the mundane manifestations of its decades as a committed Communist state.
Bereft of the trappings of capitalist consumerism, the shop windows display a rather sad selection of goods; the cheap, the dull and the practical. Photographer Catherine Losing and set deigner Anna Lomax have taken this idea and photographed these objects – plastic chairs, toilet rolls, fans and the like – in the trendy visual vernacular found in the product shoots of countless glossy magazines.
The results are tremendous images and a thought-provoking project to boot.
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