I know I’m a day late, but cut me some slack–there was an earthquake and now there are 15-25 mph winds, and the Malecón is flooded. No one’s injured or worried or anything, it just means our internet is extra-slow. So here it is, the second installment and already we have a Foto Saturday.
Outside of a gas station (“your friend, 24 hours a day,” “black gold”) there is a bust of Jose Marti so big I can see it from the bus. The most basic, obvious form of propaganda here is the ubiquitous billboard. They are used for no other purpose, and are actually quite compelling. Some are just text, while others are giant, childlike drawings.
Here’s a sampling of some of my faves from around town.
My question: who are these aimed at? Who are they actually convincing?
There are tons more, but I usually see them out of a bus window. There will be plenty more in the future. Unfortunately, I’m so used to it that upon further scrutiny I don’t actually have pictures of many of my favorite slogans.
There’s actually a conscious effort in Cuba not to deify the living, which surprises some. Jose Martí is everywhere, usually in statue form. Che figures heavily in the billboards and murals. I’ve only found one mention of Raúl, and unfortunately it was pitch black and the picture came out terrible no matter what I tried. Fidel is around, but not as much as you’d think. There’s a ton more of the propaganda that’s great, but it’s hard to get good pictures. I’m fairly fascinated by it, so there will definitely be more. And some of the best pictures are being save for later, like the US Special Interests Section. All you UNA, polisci kids would be all a-quiver to see it, so stay tuned.