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Lund & Martinussen:

Lund & Martinussen:

In their own words: Jesper Damsgaard Lund, Lasse Bech Martinussen:
Neither of us had any expectations when we, two pale Danes, decided to take a vacation to Cuba last April. Of course, there?d be the stereotypical imagery: colonial architecture, old men with cigars, American automobiles from the 50s, and salsa dancing. But we wondered what Cuba was really like, especially now that the architects of the revolution are ailing old men who?ve lost their ability to effectively govern what Fidel Castro?s sister once called ?an enormous prison surrounded by water.?

It?s been more than 50 years since Castro and his comrades marched into Havana and ousted the dictator Fulgencio Batista. Since then, the tiny island nation has endured a complete trade embargo imposed by the United States that deprives Cuba?s citizens of many things the rest of us take for granted. During our trip, it was unsurprising to observe that Cuba mostly retains an aura of cold-war anachronism. It is out of time, out of tune, and out of step with the modern world.

What we experienced was a unique form of societal deterioration as baffling and beautiful as it is sad. It is a country, adorned with kitschy aesthetics, that lacks even the most ubiquitous modern technology and, in recent times, a place that has been soiled by dubious forms of tourism. In many ways, it feels like a dilapidated theme park desperate for new rides. The upshot is that these peculiar conditions have produced lots of beautiful things to photograph,

which we did. Contact details:
Lasse Bech Martinussen:
August 2010

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