This photo essay, made in Havana in May 2019, details Yulier's political art and its censorship in Post-Fidel Cuba. It looks at how Yulier uses agency to protest the communist regime. Through ethnographic research methods — participant observation, oral interviews and photography — I examine how Yulier perseveres despite being under constant government surveillance. This photo story is part of larger project: a visual anthropology thesis I've written in 2019 and 2020 about politics, art and dissent in Post-Fidel Cuba.
Here, Yulier pauses for a moment in his new studio to think about his painting. Yulier sells his art privately. He used to own a gallery, but the government forced his landlord to kick him out. Now, Yulier sells his art under the table. His new studio is at a private location in Havana -- only his family and close friends know where it is. He plans to move into the back of his studio once his fiancee gives birth to their child.