By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Dissident Cuban author, photographer, and pioneering blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo offers a set of surreal, irony-laden photographs and texts from his local urban. His "diary of dystopia"—an unforeseen fusion of pictures and words—brings us in the direction of Havana's scaffolded and crumbling facades, ramshackle waterfronts, and teeming human our bodies. during this ebook, as attractive and bleak as Havana itself, Pardo courses us throughout the relics and fables of an exhausted Revolution within the waning days of Castro's Cuba.
"It is hard to seize in pictures the soul of a panorama or a urban, maybe simply because they do not have one on my own yet many. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo's photos, and the commentaries they're followed with, seize whirlwinds of souls and supply them to us in such means that our personal soul is transformed." –Fernando Savater
"Some [photographs] have a sly humor, others an summary beauty...Mr. Pardo Lazo resists any effortless categorization."...
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Even back when I was a boy, even then when he was eternal. It was said that they would mummify Fidel when he died—like Lenin and Mao—right in the Plaza of the Revolution. To his shame, he didn’t die in time. His body now looks as dilapidated as Havana’s facades and the Marxist Materialism textbooks that no one buys in the used bookstores. He is barely presentable on television, and his surrealist Reflections are only published in the press. No one will honor or desecrate his mausoleum. He will have to be cremated on the third day, if he is not post-revolutionarily resurrected before then.
The “art of waiting” is also a modus vivendi of a large share of our population, of those who are not yet too desperate. The troubadour Polito Ibáñez captured it with his distinctive style: “A whole people is on the corner waiting for a sign: guess, guess…” Cubans commit the sin of infertility because of this cunning art, this waiting without hope. At the beginning of the Revolution, we trusted that the Americans would not allow a perpetual dictatorship in their own backyard. Later, we waited for Fidel Castro’s terrible economic errors to ruin his Revolution.
They have even injected them with unknown substances in the midst of these so-called “acts of repudiation,” a Castro plagiarism of George Orwell’s “two minutes of hate” from his novel 1984, published when Laura Pollán had barely been born. ” They didn’t know me, and I think they confused me with State Security’s personal paparazzi, who spy for perks and pay. I captured the women’s gazes caught between nervousness and defiance. An instant later, hearing them chant “Libertad, libertad” under the clock tower on Fifteenth Avenue in Miramar, my tears prevented me from focusing my camera.
Abandoned Havana by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo