Article written by Esther Wambui
The art covering walls from Habana Vieja to Vedado reflects the concerns of a younger generation of Cubans ever more connected to the world outside, even while they struggle to see a future in their own country.
Any serious political threat is still handled quickly and harshly. Despite censorship, Cuban art has a vibrant history of social and political critique, Michael Bustamante, assistant professor of history at Florida International University, explains: “Cuban officials generally do not slap long-term jail sentences on artistic critics—preferring dissuasion, avoidance, denial of exhibition space, and sometimes the partial self-censorship that comes in response, to more drastic measures that might drum up international attention. Art, in fact, continues to be a realm in which substantial, if delimited, social critiques are possible.”