Havana Dance Story
I imagine the year to be 1957 again when Havana was the world’s fourth most expensive city. According to the International Labour Organization, the average industrial salary in Cuba became the world’s eighth-highest in 1958, and the average agricultural wage was higher than in developed nations. Cuba also had Latin America’s highest per capita consumption of meat, vegetables, cereals, automobiles, telephones, and radios during this period. In 2019, many vintage buildings still remain in Havana and many of my friends still play and live in such buildings. The buildings may be old and deteriorated, blemished by scars on their walls, with no signs of recent maintenance. Today, as the Castro era wanes, Cuba’s youth have their doubts, dreams, and their stories… My friends Adonis and Monica practice their dance routines within the cool interiors of the old mansion.

Robin Yong - Canberra, Australia

Print Size: 709x479 mm
Frame Size: 875x645 mm
Paper Type: Let Curator Decide
Frame Colour: Black
Exhibit: POS XN 137 31

 

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Havana Dance Story
تاريخ الرقص في هافانا
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I imagine the year to be 1957 again when Havana was the world’s fourth most expensive city. According to the International Labour Organization, the average industrial salary in Cuba became the world’s eighth-highest in 1958, and the average agricultural wage was higher than in developed nations. Cuba also had Latin America’s highest per capita consumption of meat, vegetables, cereals, automobiles, telephones, and radios during this period. In 2019, many vintage buildings still remain in Havana and many of my friends still play and live in such buildings. The buildings may be old and deteriorated, blemished by scars on their walls, with no signs of recent maintenance. Today, as the Castro era wanes, Cuba’s youth have their doubts, dreams, and their stories… My friends Adonis and Monica practice their dance routines within the cool interiors of the old mansion.

أحاول أن أتخيّل سنة 1957 حين كانت مدينة هافانا المدينة الرابعة في العالم من حيث غلاء المعيشة. فبحسب منظمة العمل الدولية، أصبح متوسّط راتب الموظف في القطاع الصناعي ثامن أعلى راتب في العالم سنة 1958، كما كان أجرُ العاملين في القطاع الزراعي أعلى من الأجر في الدول المتقدّمة. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، كانت كوبا الأولى في أمريكا اللاتينية من حيث الاستهلاك الفردي للحوم والخضار والحبوب والسيارات والهواتف والراديوهات خلال تلك الفترة. وسنة 2019، ما زال يمكنك إيجاد العديد من المباني القديمة في هافانا، كما يستمرُّ العديد من أصدقائي باللعب أو السكن فيها، لكن معظمها أصبح قديماً ومدمّراً، وتظهر التشققات بوضوحٍ في مبانيها ويبدو كأنّها لم تخضع لأعمالٍ ترميميةٍ منذ فترة طويلة من الزمن. واليوم، فيما تغيبُ شمس عصر كاسترو، أصبح الشباب الكوبيون يعيشون في دوامةٍ من الشكوك والأحلام والحكايات… يتمرّن صديقاي أدونيس ومونيكا على حركات الرقص الروتينيّة داخل هذا البيت الواسع والقديم والبارد.

Photographer:
Robin Yong - Canberra, Australia
روبين يونغ - كانبرا، أستراليا


Print Size: 709x479 mm

Frame Size: 875x645 mm

Exhibit: POS XN 137 31

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Printed on Epson SC P20000 with a PrecisionCore™ Micro TFP Printhead