Rose Marie Cromwell’s Everything Arrives 
“Everything Arrives” is a line from the Reinaldo Arenas poem “The Parade Ends”. Arenas describes the streets of Havana with cold harshness; an oppressive reality where free will seems unattainable. Finally, “everything arrives” and he is able to exercise agency in the simplest of ways; he mentally frees himself from his present physical state and elevates himself to a world of “incessant jingling.” Here, in this state, he floats. Everything is open. Nothing is closed.

This photographic project consists of images made in Cuba during multiple trips to the island over the past three years. My relationship with Cuba is complicated. When there, I feel part of a close community, but, ultimately, am always an outsider. The work exceeds the specificity of Cuba and becomes a conversation about my negotiation of intimacy within a foreign place. I photograph everyday rituals and still lifes that hold personal meaning. Through dramatic lighting and gesture, these everyday scenes become mythic images illustrating the depth of my experience. I also use performance and constructed spaces in my imagery to question traditional photographic representations of Cuba and the imagined geographies they create. Ultimately, ‘Everything Arrives’ communicates the complexity of interpreting a foreign place through photographs.

Photographs by Rose Marie Cromwell, © All rights reserved.

Rose Marie Cromwell
Rose Marie Cromwell, b. 1983, is a photography based artist originally from Seattle, Washington, and currently living and working between New York and Panama. Using photography she documents performances and still lifes that explore themes such as intimacy, communication, and alternative notions of family and home. She was named one of 25 under 25 Up and Coming American Photographers by power House books and The Center for Documentary Studies, and is a Fulbright Fellowship Scholar. Her first solo show was at the Diablo Rosso gallery in Panama City.

She recently graduated from Syracuse University with an MFA in Art Photography and is a co-founder and co-director of the alternative arts education initiative based in Panama Cambio Creativo.

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Rose Marie Cromwell’s Everything Arrives
February 2013
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