Cuban imaginations of the future

Door Caroline van Slobbe    Havana is full of small businesses. The most common entrepreneurs are ladies who sell cupcakes and cookies from their front door or window, small cafeterias with coffee and a sandwich for some pesos, people selling the latest American movies and series on copied DVDs, and men walking with carts and shouting in a special loud and low tone that many of them use: “Tengo galletas de mantequillaaaaaaaaaa” (I have butter cookies). When there are eggs and/or potatoes – products that are scarce – that is shouted loudly: “Hay papa, hay huevo, hay papa, hay huevo” …

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Anthropologists in Art presents: Neon Warszawski

Anthropologists in Art presents: Neon Warszawski – Polish Neon, a photography exhibition on Socialist visual communication By Ilona Karwinska & Krzysztof Wojciechowski — February 9th – March 16th @ WM GALLERY, Elandsgracht 35, 1016 TN, Amsterdam OPENING: SAT. 9th OF FEBRUARY, 17.00-19.00 About the exhibition: In 1957, at a conference in Czechoslovakia, Communist Party ideologues agreed that neon could be a way to reconcile the seemingly contradictory ideas of communism and consumerism in their ailing, state-run economies. The Polish Socialist Party, having created the state-run company ‘Reklama’, throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, recruited prominent artists and designers to bring about …

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