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“Yanisleidys is 20 years old, lives in the countryside in Pinar del Rio (Cuba), is a college student and works breeding a few pigs with her family. When she was about 3 years old she suffered an accident, her father dropped a knife accidentally while he was cooking and it ended up into her eye. She has evaluated to undergo surgery to replace her eye with a prosthetic that would improve her appearance but the quality of prostheses that the Cuban health system has access to is far from the best due to the economic blockade imposed by the United States on the island.
So she has decided not to undergo surgery due to the discomfort of having a prosthesis of this type. She told me that she doesn’t remember what it is to see with both eyes and therefore, she doesn’t miss it, is completely adapted to it despite the unpleasant reactions other people may have when they see her.
This portrait is part of the series “Cubans, within the revolution everything” that began in 2019, before the pandemic and is still in progress. It is a series of portraits and video art of dozens of Cubans. The project identifies the Cuban revolutionary process as an unavoidable mark in each of us Cubans, for or against, near or far, its presence is inescapable. I want to amplify on their faces the traces, the consequences of a journey through the complexity of a political and social system like ours. I am trying to define this “everything” to which Fidel Castro referred in 1961.”