AAHH, CUBA... BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF THE CARIBBEAN. CHERISHED AND POLISHED LIKE A TRUE PEARL. WHERE TIME SEEMS TO MOVE AT SLOWER PACE AND NOSTALGIA IS THE SAVOR OF DAILY LIFE. STUCK IN TIME, IT IS A PLACE OF DECAY AND NEVER DYING HOPE. OF POVERTY AND HAPPINESS AND UNEARTHLY BEAUTY. AND AGAINST THAT COLORFUL DECORUM, IT IS A PLACE OF TRYING AND IMPROVISATION. A PLACE OF SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS. A PLACE OF RESOLVIENDO.
Photography in Cuba is often an exercise in making do. And nobody knows how to make-do like Kevin Slack’s Cuban friends. More than a word, resolviendo is a way of life in Cuba where everything is recycled, renewed, re-used, re-worked, re-purposed, re-solved and resolved, where objects and hope and lives too are extended and stretched out much longer and much farther than anyone ever intended. Out of necessity more than osmosis, Canadian photographer Kevin Slack’s Cuban photo shoots often require some of the same resolviendo. Work with what you've got. A boy is missing? Find another one. A security guard is patrolling the entrance? Find a back door. The neighbors are watching? Keep shooting. But once in a while, as with this bedroom shoot, it all comes together quite neatly.