Beyond the routine and classic mechanisms that are conceived to orchestrate the novel aspects of life in Cuba and its circumstances, there is a serene and precise approach, that requires a sketchy architecture, of an anthropological mission, in order to penetrate and know the true face of the nation. 

The now deceased Cuban scholar and historian Joel James called it, La Cuba Profunda, or Deep Cuba, today a cliché emancipated by every camera that visits the island. In this photographic approach, On Deep Intimacy, curated and edited by the Cuban anthropologist and Santero, Abelardo Larduet, both him and Carlos Cazalis, set out to show an exuberant, colorful and poetic mystery, legitimized and compiled through their mutual collaboration. The result is a contrast of the varied pigmentations of the Cuban, the cultural differences between the countryside and the city; and the latent presence of religious expressions of African substrate, as permanent and tangible traces of the slave route and the cruel colonization of America and of course, of Cuba. 

Larduet and Cazalis show an imaginary conception of how Cuban culture might have been created during the colonization period into an agricultural stronghold for sugar, coffee and tobacco up until modern day. Through cultural components and various customs of both Spanish, West African and other Europeans and on why Cuba, despite its hardships due to the material deficiencies and an economic embargo imposed since the beginning of the 1960s, still maintains an international presence with all the cultural splendor that characterizes it. 

A language and a message is set, a Deep Cuba extends itself through two years of work from the eastern shores of Guantánamo into the Guajiro countryside, through the intimacy of two opposite families of color; one black, in the hills of Guantanamo amongst sugar cane workers contrasted with the whitening of Holguin and the Canary migration of a farming village in Ciego de Avila. In Santiago de Cuba, alongside Larduet, Cazalis steps into the deep religious customs, rooted from the Haitian post rebellion until he arrives to a decomposed point of the urban Havana. The images thus are an insertion into the framework of what happens today in the modern world.

 

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