Santa Clara, Cuba, 2017

This piece is a multi-channel video installation I created on a recent trip to Santa Clara, Cuba. Recognizing my privileged position as a tourist and observer, I recorded slow-motion footage out of the window as my group’s tour bus drove through the city’s streets. The camera literally scans the city; flattening its architectural space and capturing fleeting exchanges between passerby. This heightened awareness of time and space positions the viewer as a voyeur: watching, objectifying, and consuming the city with his or her gaze. The video is a portrait of a city and its inhabitants, but also an examination of the outsider’s perspective on the Cuban culture. It calls attention to and questions boundaries between resident and visitor, insider and outsider, the observed and the observer.

currently on view at 4Culture