Naty Gabriela Gonzalez

Tattoo Art in Cuba: illegality, closures and crisis

July 14, 2015 | 2 comments

During the first week of June, in Old Havana, civilians with tattoos went to a young man’s parlor, asked him to sketch out a tattoo for them and, when it was time to pay, took out a confiscation order, identifying themselves as inspectors from the Ministry of Labor.

Transportation in Cuba, or the Hours of National Despair

June 22, 2015 | 7 comments

I get on a bus and see people run and cling to the open door, trying to keep their heels from being mangled. I see a mother hoist her kid onto her shoulder and grab hold of another passenger’s waist, struggling to hold on to his neighbor with calloused hands.

The Skin as Canvas: Tattoo Art in Cuba

May 25, 2015 | 4 comments

Following the migratory crises of the 1990s, tattoos went from being the mark of sailors, former inmates and criminals to inscriptions born by a wide range of people, not all of whom had a “socially unacceptable” past.

The Essence of the Object: An Artist’s Fascination and Metaphor

May 15, 2015 | No Comments »

Yomer Fidel Montejo Harrys was born in Camagüey in 1983. Coming face-to-face with this 31-year-old artist, we find ourselves with a young man with a watchful eye and a friendly smile. An artist who has travelled along a long road of search, discovery and exploration which goes far beyond the naivety that we had discerned at a first glance.

A Perspective from Cuba on Pirating and Access to Culture

April 23, 2015 | 13 comments

This is a very controversial issue, particularly in Cuba. Because of the embargo imposed by the US government, Cuba has had restricted access to information – to books, music, films, software, operating systems and other products. The government’s response has been that of the so-called “cracking” of all types of software.