Little Havana

Little Havana has been a home for generations of immigrants who have begun their journey there to make the so-called "American Dream," and it is also a symbol of inclusiveness within the imagination of all those who arrive in Miami. It is a neighborhood known throughout the world for its music venues and for the hustle and bustle of its streets and its people. However, when we look at the photographs that make up this series by Rainy Silvestre, we do not perceive any of this. These snapshots recover those redoubts of peace and daily life that the neighborhood treasures. These photographs convey the peace and tranquility that working with analogue permits. Little Havana was born, according to the author, from his exploratory walks through the neighborhood that welcomed him when he arrived from Cuba. It thus becomes a constant search for common places that link it with those immigrants who have arrived since the sixties and continue to arrive in the neighborhood. The author gives us a record of the streets that are part of his first memories in the United States: those houses and businesses that, without being part of his own experience, he assumes as his own and at the same time makes ours too. These ordinary and habitual scenes transform into something deeper since their beauty is not in the first sensory layer that surrounds them; it aims at historical, social, and emotional referents, reinforcing in this way the aesthetic potential of the everyday. 
Rainy Silvestre is a Cuban photographer who began photographing more than ten years ago. He is a clear heir to the traditions of the American photographers of the seventies, who already played with color, motif, framing, and composition to oppose the aesthetic canons existing at the time. This series is not from Little Havana, it is Little Havana. It is a work that masterfully combines the use of color, framing, and composition, that transforms the mundane and everyday into a deep, reflective meditation, that starts with references to the self up to the universal. The author manages to capture the soul of a neighborhood, its streets, and its culture without falling into clichés or superficiality. It is a sincere and kind work that returns to the city that saw him arrive with a message of gratitude, revealing its hidden corners and treasures.

Sarah Bejerano

Barcelona, 2019

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