Cuba-Bulgaria, in Layers

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This is the view from my parents' college apartment in Sofia (with a sketch on the window) toward ubiquitous and poorly maintained Soviet style blocks, on a street that was then named The Red Rose - overlapped with similar Soviet-influenced architecture from the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba in April of 2015. Statistics label 7 out of every 10 Cuban houses in need of major repairs, with the province surrounding the capital requiring approximately 300,000 more inhabitable properties. Infrastructural decay increased especially after the collapse of Communism and the end of Soviet subsidies to both nations. <br />
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I've layered family photos taken in Bulgaria before the fall of the Berlin Wall with pictures I recently shot in Cuba, to reveal the visual and sociopolitical connections between the two. Both portions of this project - in Bulgaria and Cuba - were supported by The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.