Sin Pena

Schreyer’s latest series of works explores the social and political paradigms in Cuba following its somewhat recent movement towards a more open economy. The fine art photographer ventured to the most remote parts of the country in order to capture the true face and voice of the island. Much of the project was defined through his work away from the camera, spending much time with locals and trying to integrate himself into deeper roots of Cuban thinking and its way of life. Only here was he able to identify the real trends of society and the distinction between how tourists perceive Cuba, as opposed to its inhabitants.

Schreyer’s series, consisting of photographs embedded into a wider visual essay, identifies the polarisation of individuals’ perception of ‘self’ and ‘other’, and how this inherently contradicts a system predicated on socialism. As a result, the artist is not surprised by Cuba’s recent attempts at integration into the world economy. However, his work questions what effect it may have on its culture, people and spirit.