Cuba at the threshold.
In anthropology liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a transition; an in-between period where a future outcome once taken for granted is thrown into doubt. It’s been more than 50 years after the Cuban Revolution and the obsolete communist system of Castro remains in place. However, Cuba seems to be slowly changing direction under extremely difficult conditions.
The Cuban government is attempting to bring market-oriented reforms to its economy and embracing tourism and foreign investment. The regime is slowly transitioning into a more mixed economic model including a greater involvement with the capitalist world, but at the same time firmly maintaining ideological commitment to its revolutionary leadership and tight political control. The outcomes are uncertain.
There are around 11.2 million people and eight million of these were born after the 1959 revolution. Changes are slow and it will take at least a generation to not only change a political system but also the mind-set of the Cuban population, which so far has only known one Cuba. In this project I wanted to convey this feeling of liminality; a moment in time that brings a discomforting disorientation, an "in between" moment.