Cuba will always hold a special place in my heart, after a trip there last year. The candy coloured cars and buildings, the warmth of its weather, and people, and the dazzling sea and sky are just some of the reasons it’s one of the most authentically beautiful places on earth (in my humble opinion).
This sentiment is also shared by photographer, Isabella Palumbo. In her upcoming exhibition at MostArt Centre, London, Gente de Cuba is a collection of street portraits made during Palumbo’s two-month stay on the island last year.
She spent the time walking the streets, talking with people and listening to their stories. The photographer says: “I loved Cuba. I loved the Cubans. They dance, they love, and they live simply and with pure joy. Everything seems easy when the sun is always shining, there is music in the street, people are dancing, the fun in contagious.
“Unfortunately the reality of the country is very different and quite far from being easy, a country with a charming and complicated history that is fighting to find its own identity in the world.”
Isabella Palumbo was born in Milan, Italy, and graduated from the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan in 2009. She moved to the UK in 2010 and currently works for the Yoox-Net-A-Porter Group as a photographer. She loves reportage photography and travelling alone. She likes fashion but just the social aspect of it, and she loves walking on sunny days in vintage markets.
MostArt Centre presents “Gente de Cuba” by Isabella Palumbo from 27 February – 26 March 2017 at 86 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7PA. For more information, visit most-art.co.uk.
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