WAITING FOR THE CANDYMEN OR SAN LAZARO, A POLITICAL MIRACEL

CompanySAILOR`S YARN
PhotographerKirstin Schmitt
PrizeHonorable Mention
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, DoP & photographer. After studying Anthropology & filmmaking in Germany & Cuba, Kirstin worked 2010-2014 as teacher for Goethe Institute & journalism university in Angola. Her documentary-projects focus liminal stages & the impact of transition. Characteristic for her work is the use of environment & intimate encounters with the strength & vulnerability of her protagonists. The works got showcased at museums, art fairs & filmfestivals (Shanghai Film Festival,Dok-Leipzig, Art Basel Miami-Scope Art Show, Sumerset house London). Based in La Habana.