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By Christa D.B.C. Myers
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About this project

Why Cuba? Why polaroids? Why you?

Gentrification noun - the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Gentrification fascinates and frightens me.

I’m fascinated by the subtly of it all - a new market here, some new trees there, a new luxury condo springing up overnight, lots of new faces.

And frightened by the deliberateness of it all - a public-private apparatus building a whole new neighborhood around you, without you and not entirely for you.

It happened to Harlem, my home of more than 25 years. And if “what’s past is prologue," it will happen to Cuba. 

The goals of The Cuba Polaroid Project are simple (for now): 

  • Use one of the oldest photographic media - polaroids - to archive present-day Havana, Cuba as seen by me, a woman of color artist impacted by gentrification 
  • Share the resulting “unedited” images and stories broadly and have them be used by other artists and activist for projects 
  • Incorporate the images into my current collage art practice and create a body of work that explores gentrification and its impact on the built environment and poor black and brown bodies

Wait, Christa who are you?

For the past decade, I’ve worked as a public health researcher, spending much of my days – and often nights – sifting through health data in search of patterns of death and disease and then attempting to put these findings into context, piecing together a story of the lives of individuals and communities, how they live and how they die. In my artwork, context, specifically story, is essential. I care most deeply about the history of our present-day dilemmas of racial, economic and social inequity. What are the roots? What is the cause? Where are the injuries? Who’s the injured? Who is the injurer? And most importantly is there a cure? I use the mediums of painting and collage ungirded with rigorous historical and epidemiological research to help me dissect and interrogate these questions. Read more about me + see some of my artwork here

What will you spend my money on Christa?

Mostly film and the SX-70. From the fine folks at The Impossible Project. In 2008 the Impossible team saved the last Polaroid production plant in Enschede and started the process of reinventing instant film. They struck gold in In March 2010 when the first film became available to the public. They've been perfecting polaroid film and giving us polaroid fans our beautiful 'roid fixes ever since. The Impossible Project has a special place in my heart. 

Online space for the Cuba Polaroid Project.  The archive will be ours to share and explore. I want it to live online where it can be shared and discussed broadly. Web hosting and some basic site design will be needed.

Exhibition planning. The dream is to exhibit the actual Polaroids in NYC. I can start mapping out the plans (which will probably include a second Kickstarter ;)

Some travel. I have to take a plane to get to Cuba and who knew direct flights costs so much! Thank you.

Please help me get started. Support the Cuba Polaroid Project. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

The Cuba Polaroid Project is centered on the polaroids and my vintage polaroid cameras. I'll be taking at least two vintage polaroid cameras and with your help many packs of polaroid film just in case there are any mishaps. And if all of this fails, I'll take at least 1,000 photos with my iPhone6.

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    Digital Archive Access + Videos

    When you pledge $10, I'll send you an e-thank you card with links to view the online Cuba Polaroid Project gallery which will include polaroid images and videos.

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    3 Photographs

    When you pledge $25, I'll send you three photographs of images from the Cuba Polaroid Project.

    Each photograph will be printed on archival-quality 300gsm paper with a smooth matte finish and measure 4” x 4” with a small white border.

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    10 Photographs + Wood Display Block

    When you pledge $50, I'll send you 10 photographs of images from the Cuba Polaroid Project (that's TWO work weeks in images. YAY!) + a lovely wooden photo display block.

    Each photograph will be printed on archival quality 300gsm paper with a smooth matte finish and measure 4" x 4" with a small white border.

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    The Official Cuba Polaroid Project Book

    When you pledge $100, I'll send you the OFFICIAL limited edition Cuba Polaroid Book filled with 40+ images and curated stories + a handwritten note of thanks for supporting me the Cuba Polaroid Project.

    You'll literally be holding a mini version of the Cuba Polaroid Project exhibition in your hands!

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