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Vivir Con... the Cuban Habitat

Carolina Sandretto | Cuba


Cuba lived under the American embargo for 64 years. The recent opening of the Obama administration is still far from affecting the real life of the people of Cuba. The living conditions due to the embargo where extremely difficult for the population. The regime provided for education and food but not for new housing for a growing population.
During the last six decades people took over old houses once abandoned and transformed them into Solar. A Solar is a multifamily and multicultural space that represents the layers and the complexity of the contemporary Cuban society and creates a peculiar habitat. They are old and inadequate spaces, often inhabited by as much as 30 different families, living in small apartments that once where rooms. From young families to elderly people everyone lives and cohabits in small spaces with almost no privacy.
Thru a series of portrait executed with a medium format camera the photographer is documenting these Solar and focusing on their inhabitants and habitat hoping to see a a positive change in the near future.


Maria Carolina Sandretto is an Italian photographer based in New York City. With a background in both non-profit organization and documentary photography, Sandretto uses the photographic medium to create social change. Working primarily with disadvantaged groups in Mexico and Cuba, her work seeks to increase awareness and inspire activism.
Sandretto graduated from the Catholic University of Milan in Political Sciences in 2006. In 2011, she obtained an MA in Management of the No Profit at Bocconi University, and in 2013 she completed the program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at ICP- International Center for Photography in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, Mexico and the US.

Carolina Sandretto
Skype: carolina.sandretto
US: +1 9178265412
IT: +39 335699687

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