Cuban Kitchens

I’m currently in the midst of a large-scale research project focused on Cuban food and food culture (more details here). I spent a good part of last summer (2013) working in Cuba, and I’ve just confirmed another month of fieldwork in Cuba for summer 2014.

 As a part of this project I’ve been working on a series of photographs of Cubans—mostly women but some men—in their kitchens. The idea behind these photos is that kitchens are intimate spaces; they are the home’s place of sustenance, of life. But kitchens are also spaces where each of us, through the act of preparing and eating food, taps into much broader cultural, economic, and political forces. In these photographs I've tried to capture this dual existence of kitchen spaces: deeply personal and simultaneously reflexive of forces far beyond our immediate control. The photos—I think—challenge the supposed egalitarian nature of Cuban society.

 Please feel free to comment below and let me know what you think. 

La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), 2013

La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), 2013

Havana, 2013

Havana, 2013

Trinidad, 2013

Cabaiguán, 2013

La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), 2013

Pozas, 2013

Pueblo Nuevo, 2013

Camagüey, 2013