WAITING FOR THE CANDYMEN OR SAN LAZARO, A POLITICAL MIRACEL

CompanySAILOR`S YARN
PhotographerKirstin Schmitt
Entry Description

Cuba. 17.Deciembre. Ever year thousands of believers make a pilgrimage to a church, dedicated to San Lázaro (Babalu Ayé in the Afrocuban Santeria Religion) in a suburb of Havana. Devotees of Saint Lazarus are dressed in purple cloth or in a jute sack. Some walk barefooted many Kilometer to the church, or are crawling on bloody knees, towing heavy objects such as large rocks, cement blocks or sacred statues, to cause miracles or express thanking thankfulness for a miracle experience. The historic announcment of the rapprochement of the archenemies Cuba and USA on 17.12.2015 the “Day of Saitnt Lázaro”, was not a coincidence, but a well planned political staging: A new miracle!

About Photographer

documentary filmmaker and cinematographer, photographer / Lives and works since 2006 between Berlin and Havana ________AWARDS (selecion) 2017 * KOLGA PHOTO AWARD, shortlisted at 3 categories /Tbilisi History Museum / GEORGIA 2016 * 1st place, IPA 2016 Professional, Event : Social Cause * Winner, LAF5-Latin American Fotografía 5, NY, USA 20 * 1st prize SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD professional category ART/candid, UK __________________EXHIBITIONS / FESTIVALS / ART FAIRS 2017 * KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO week, May 2017, GEORGIA * F22, presented by the UNIAC-Unión de escritores y artistas de Cuba, La Habana, CUBA 2016 * BRUSSELS EXPO. Palais 4, BELGIUM * PALAZZO TRIGONA, Enna, ITALY * SONY SQUARE, New York, USA * EUROVEA, Bratislava, SLOVAKIA * Showcase, 5th SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2016, Singapore 1st October - 12th November * PhotoKina, Cologne, GERMANY * SPAZIO TADINI, Milano, ITALY * TONNARA DE MARZAMEMI, Sicily, ITALY * Alliance française, La Habana, CUBA * WIILLY BRANDT HAUS Berlin, GERMANY * U SPACE, Beijing, CHINA * SOMERSET HOUSE, London, UK * SOCIEDAD DANTE ALIGHIERI, La Habana, CUBA 2015 * Galería "Julio Larramendi", La Habana, CUBA * FIAU-Festival de Arte Urbana Havana, CUBA * durring the 12. Bienal de La Habana, presented by Fundación Caguayo, CUBA * Art Basel Miami - Scop art show, USA 2014 * Art Basel Miami - Scop art show, USA 2013 * New Talent Biennale Colonge, GERMANY