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Túneles Populares IV, 1999
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 2/3
130 x 185 cm (51 1/8 x 72 7/8 inch), framed

During the 1980s, in part as a reaction to the Republican administration of Ronald Reagan, the Cuban government proclaimed "La guerra de todo el pueblo" (the war of the whole people). As part of this national defense strategy, it ordained that the people should build tunnels throught the country for evacuation of the population in the event of war. Even though there was not a real declaration of war against Cuba, this strategy created a psychological disposition toward war. These spaces have never been used for evacuation and remain anachronistic structures in the center of cities.
The photo series "Túneles Populares" (The People's Tunnels), consists of ten large-scale photographs that document this very particular project in Cuban history.
from "Constructing the World", Walther König, Köln, 2010, p. 318

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