In the spring of 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba on a cross cultural exchange.
While there, I visited every art gallery and school surrounding Havana. Rarely granted to Americans, I received special permission to enter ISA, the government run arts University.
I also participated in community art projects, toured medical clinics, and lived in a real Cuban neighborhood. I dined in the homes of locals, met many professional artists, professors, architects, and art historians. I also traveled three hundred miles to the Bay of Pigs and Trinidad.
I photographed recognizable tourist icons, but mostly took shots of slices of real Cuban life not often seen in travel reels. My vast experiences also inspired the artwork I made there.
I was so moved by the resiliency and creativity of the Cuban people, that I wrote many stories about them, and what I observed during my time there.