Scenes from the Paradiso installation. Known as a paradise for the elite and the tourists, many Cubans struggle to not only survive but to live their dreams in a country largely cut off from global society. For most Cubans, it is about surviving the paradise.
Paradiso follows Cuban DJs of electronic music and their friends as they come of age in Havana. Born in the late 1980’s, they are of a generation defined by Cuba’s Special Period. Cubans are not allowed to leave Cuba, only those with money and special connections may leave. For these youth, the music and pills give them an escape; a way to survive. Their Cuba is the dark night landscape of Havana.
Part of this installation is on view until March 2018 at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
Libyan Sugar follows the journeys of photographer Michael Christopher Brown between China, Libya and his home in the United States.
First traveling to China, Michael goes on a road trip in search of an experience. In 2011 he leaves for Libya to witness and photograph the revolution. He is injured twice and loses friends and colleagues while covering the conflict.
The installation details the outer and inner experience, the destinations and motivations, of a man going to war for the first time. It reveals the anatomy of contemporary war documentary and the physical and emotional toll that it takes on the storytellers and their families.
The narrative is spanned across a book and a mixed media installation that incorporates video, images, sound and artifacts.