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I visited Cuba in 2014 and was struck by its fallen – and falling – glory. I saw massive holes in the street, homes that barely had a barrier between the public street and the interior – and no barriers within for personal privacy; buildings literally crumbling; bags of government issue rationed rice. Two years later, I came across some photographs from a fashion show that Chanel had put on in Cuba. The images created for this were anachronistic to what I had seen in Havana. I remembered the background scenery but was astonished to see how the story had been manipulated for the brief event. It was a picture of colonialism in all of its glorious exploitation. The proposition of a vision so radically far from reality bothered me terribly. This series of collages resulted as my absurdist response to the lack of care, respect or thought I witnessed in the staging of such a show. The collages juxtapose my images from my time in Havana with those from the Chanel show, highlighting the devastating rift between two worlds in one space.

Orientalism, from Fashioning Cuba
Collage
8 x 12 inches
2016
Beauty in Ruins, from Fashioning Cuba
Collage
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
2016
I Get Around, from Fashioning Cuba Series
Collage
Image size 10 x 7 inches, mounted on 14 x 16 inch paper
2016
I Walk the Line, from Fashioning Cuba
Collage
Image size 10 x 6 inches, mounted on 14 x 16 inch paper
2016
Modes of Transport, from Fashioning Cuba
Collage
Image size 10 x 10 inches, mounted on 14 x 16 inch paper
2016
Tropicana, from Fashioning Cuba
Collage
Image size 12 x 10 inches, mounted on 14x16 inch paper
2016