Cuba-Bulgaria, in Layers

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Second from left is a young me of the 1980s, wearing the Communist youth uniform mandatory for all school activities, and a young Cuban student wearing the same in front of an office for the CDR (Committee for the Defense of the Revolution) in April of 2015. The CDR is a network of neighborhood watch organizations peppered across Cuba, that report on any activity they deem counter-revolutionary. My grandfather spent 5 years of his youth in a Communist labor camp after one such organization noted his lack of participation in the  party.<br />
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Elementary schoolchildren in many Communist countries wear scarves as part of the uniform of the children's Communist youth - blue or red in color depending on their age.<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.