For decades, Cuba has been relatively off-limits to American tourists. But with the recent improvements of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, it’s now easier for U.S. citizens to travel to the Cuban nation. With this new opportunity, the City of Santiago de Cuba, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño in collaboration with photographer Tony Savino and Lobey Art & Travel is presenting a photo exhibition titled “The Face of Neocolonialism”.
Interestingly enough, the photographs is a documentation of an isolated group of people in the Dominican Republic. The exhibit exposes the life of sugar workers, most of whom are Haitians or of Haitian descent and their families. It also documents the struggle for labor rights, basic human rights and the complex relationship between Haitian and Dominican workers under a neocolonialism regime. This racial and cultural divide can also be seen in Cuba, which is why this exhibit is so important to be shown outside of Hispaniola, the official name of the island both Haiti and the Dominican Republic share.
Photographer Tony Savino has been covering Haiti since 1987. That year, he photographed the elections after the fall of Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier regime for Time Magazine. In 2009, he published an entire book of photographs, titled, Fete St. Yves: Beyond the Mountains, on Haiti. The exhibit is being held at La Galleria de Arte Universal, the former U.S. Consulate Building. So if you have plans to visit Cuba, be sure to check out this amazing exhibit.
(Romuald Blanchard of Lobey Art & Travel on the left and photographer Tony Savino on the right)