When you hear Cuba, you will most likely think of dazzling old cars, cigars and Fidel Castro. Indeed, Cuba is one of those countries the usual representation of which is more strongly founded on certain tropes. Photographer Rose Marie Cromwell went another way though.
Her collection of images from Cuba, called Everything Arrives, keeps away from stereotypes to create a personal and subjective diary of this beautiful island.
“Everything Arrives is a line from the Reinaldo Arenas poem ‘The Parade Ends’. Arena describes the streets of Havana with cold harshness; an oppressive reality where free will seems unattainable. Finally, ‘everything arrives’ and he is able to exercise agency in the simplest of ways; he mentally frees himself from his present physical state and elevates himself to a world of ‘incessant jiggling’. Here, in this state, he floats. Everything is open. Nothing is closed.”
— Rose Marie Cromwell