"Cuba: In The Streets" and "Cuba: TV," which opened this past weekend at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, offer two starkly different views of twenty-first century Cuba.
In Jeffrey Milstein's "Cuba: In The Streets," the Caribbean island is a place of reluctant modernization, in which streets seem empty even with cars passing through and wet clothes hang against the stony facades of buildings. In Simone Lueck's "Cuba: TV," we see the interiors of those stately buildings, with small televisions placed prominently on improvised furniture.
Milstein's images evoke a slowness, a quietness in the Cuban streets which Lueck's humming, flickering living rooms contradict. The rooms are much livelier than the streets outside, with televisions positioned next to prints of "The Last Supper" and even a Buddha. See images of both sides of Cuba in the slideshow below.
"Cuba: In The Streets" and "Cuba: TV" will be on display through August 27 at Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.