series ARROZ CON MANGO - THE NEW MEN

Photographerkirstin schmitt
Prize1st Place in Event / Social Cause
CompanySAILOR`S YARN
City/CountryLa Habana , Cuba
Photo Date2015 & 2016
Technical InfoCanon 5D Mark II
Story

_________SYNOPSIS Havana, March 2016, in a shared collective taxi: Carlos, a random passenger is concerned: "Everyday more and more of your people are in the streets!" - "How do you call someone who is neither woman nor man?" His wife Rosa is clueless too: "Transvestite, Transsexual, transgender, queer, non binary, pan gender, third sex?!" - "I am! That's all! No theory! No sciences! No discourses! No label! Case closed!" responds Reinier and keeps painting his red lips. - "Oye, tremendo arroz con mango!"* replies Carlos, "where this supposed to end? What the hell are you?" - "The new man!"** Reinier laughs loud while he is fixing his wig: "Viva la revolución, compañeros!" he replies, jumps out of the car and gets lost in the crowd... - The series ARROZ CON MANGO–THE NEW MEN portrays Cubans without labels in their everyday life. (NOTES * The Cuban slang “rice with mango” is a typical expression for a sticky situation, something scandalous or a big mess ** Ambiguous allusion to the central aim of the socialist revolution: The creation of THE NEW MEN) _________BACKGROUD / CONTEXT of the serie The personal and social dealing with gender and sexuality are key-indicators for the status quo of a society, its progress and its openness. Although people from the LGBT-community are no longer send into reeducation camps like years ago, but they are still suffering discrimination. The emerging community ensures different opinions: Mariela Castro, daughter of the Cuban President Raul Castro, is a vigorous advocate for LGBT-rights. Since then each day more and more people have the courage to confess themselves and take their place in society. But many citizens are still feeling caution or hostility. _________KEYFACTS long term project since deciember 2016 / La Habana / the series emergred of the series WAITING FOR THE CANDYMEN

Story

_________SYNOPSIS Havana, March 2016, in a shared collective taxi: Carlos, a random passenger is concerned: "Everyday more and more of your people are in the streets!" - "How do you call someone who is neither woman nor man?" His wife Rosa is clueless too: "Transvestite, Transsexual, transgender, queer, non binary, pan gender, third sex?!" - "I am! That's all! No theory! No sciences! No discourses! No label! Case closed!" responds Reinier and keeps painting his red lips. - "Oye, tremendo arroz con mango!"* replies Carlos, "where this supposed to end? What the hell are you?" - "The new man!"** Reinier laughs loud while he is fixing his wig: "Viva la revolución, compañeros!" he replies, jumps out of the car and gets lost in the crowd... - The series ARROZ CON MANGO–THE NEW MEN portrays Cubans without labels in their everyday life. (NOTES * The Cuban slang “rice with mango” is a typical expression for a sticky situation, something scandalous or a big mess ** Ambiguous allusion to the central aim of the socialist revolution: The creation of THE NEW MEN) _________BACKGROUD / CONTEXT of the serie The personal and social dealing with gender and sexuality are key-indicators for the status quo of a society, its progress and its openness. Although people from the LGBT-community are no longer send into reeducation camps like years ago, but they are still suffering discrimination. The emerging community ensures different opinions: Mariela Castro, daughter of the Cuban President Raul Castro, is a vigorous advocate for LGBT-rights. Since then each day more and more people have the courage to confess themselves and take their place in society. But many citizens are still feeling caution or hostility. _________KEYFACTS long term project since deciember 2016 / La Habana / the series emergred of the series WAITING FOR THE CANDYMEN

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.