Michael Christopher Brown: Cuba After Fidel

Iris Nights Lecture Series

Aired On: Oct 12, 2017

According to photographer Michael Christopher Brown, Americans have a “distant idea” of Cuba, often idealizing the island as a paradise of architecture, cigars, rum, and vintage automobiles. Brown discusses his ongoing “Paradiso” project, which reveals the more complex reality of how Cubans are “surviving the paradise.” Brown followed two young DJs in Havana, and their youthful electronica scene, capturing a generation that came of age during the “Special Period” who are trying to thrive in a society largely cut off from the rest of the world.


Michael Christopher Brown
Michael Christopher Brown

Michael Christopher Brown was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. His most recent photographic work documents the youthful electronica scene in Havana, Cuba, the aftermath of the death of Fidel Castro, and the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Brown is a contributing photographer at National…

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Revealing complexities both on and off the island, Cuba Is explores aspects of Cuba not easily accessed by foreigners, and sometimes not even by Cubans themselves.


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