IMAGE-ing Tarará

Havana, Cuba


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The project departs from a built and social landscape study begun in 2016. TARARÁ, a beach community for affluent families before the Cuban Revolution was appropriated by Fidel Castro following Cuba’s transition to communism. When the area came under the control of the state, most of the private homes were left to deteriorate while the large-scale facilities were maintained for use in government programming, such as summer camp for Russian children. The community is beginning to be infiltrated by private owners again. For example, a yoga school has taken over a swath of homes and restored them; the marina has recently been re-opened. When I return in November I plan to further my photographic documentation and speak with the community members about the architecture and the restoration underway. The intention is to create a photography book about TARARÁ.