Richard Andrew Sharum

2015 - Ongoing


In 2015, I began documenting the disappearing methods and means of living for the Campesino, the rural people of Cuba. The need for the project arose from two encroaching issues:

First, with the opening of American tourism in 2015 (and therefore the influx of cash and technology) the way of life for the most rural Cubans was evolving at an historic pace. With this change I sought to record the daily life and practices of the Campesinos who for centuries have survived solely by the fruits of their labor, both on land and sea- mostly without electricity or modern tools and transportation. These practices go back generations and are quickly disappearing.

Second, modern life has brought a crisis to rural communities as families are losing a substantial number of young males to the growing cities. As a result of this historic, unprecedented exodus, the labor force and agricultural knowledge needed to sustain the remaining population of these susceptible villages is being decimated. The promise of a modern economy and the new possibilities presented by the internet are creating an irresistible current, flowing from the countryside to the more populated urban areas.

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