© 2017 Peter Christenson
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San Cristóbal de la Habana, 2018
San Cristóbal de la Habana is a growing cultural archive comprised of photographs, archival Chromogenic and Dibond prints, films, writings, and mixed media installations that document and examine Havana, Cuba from the eyes of the visiting Other; the project captures recurring themes and inquiries related to place, identity, architecture, and culture. The San Cristóbal de la Habana series developed during my recent visit to Cuba in April of 2017, only a few months before Trump announced a series of regulations restricting U.S. business and travel to the country.
San Cristóbal de la Habana was the original name of Cuba's capital when it was "founded" (colonized) in 1519 (Taíno, Ciboney, and other indigenous peoples inhabited the Caribbean at the time so the term "founded" is historically inaccurate; the words "Habana" and "Cuba" were also most likely derived from the Taíno language).
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