Reparacion – and the never-ending life of Cuban things ...
Spanish: Reparacion – English: repairing
From the middle of the 20th century the concept of repair and re-use has steadily declined in Western Culture, to be replaced by a culture of consumption, and ‘hermetic design’ that makes repair difficult or uneconomic. By contrast, a repair culture in Cuba continues to flourish.
Following the 1959 revolution and the 1961 US embargo, Cuban society has had to survive with limited imported goods, particularly from ‘Western’ nations. They became heavily dependent on support from the USSR (1960s-1990s). But following the demise of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba entered a ‘Special Period”, where they became increasingly reliant on repair and refurbishment to keep ‘technology’ and the economy going.
This project explores the ongoing culture of repair in Cuba today, covering the practice, the facilities and importantly the repairers, their customers and their families.
What is repair today, as an activity and culture? What might its future be?