Farewell to Cuba
My name is Jorge J. Pérez. I was born on February 21, 1987 in the very heart of El Cerro, Havana. Since I was small, I was especially interested in history. This interest went through several phases, until I discovered that I was able to capture history with a camera. My obsession is not to freeze a moment in time, but to steal stories from time. That’s what I am. More than a photographer, I am a robber of memories and stories that I try to capture in every image. Through my pictures, I reveal my phantoms, my longings, my loves and hates, my sorrows and joys. All mixed with bits of my personality, because in each photograph there is some feature of my own history.
Now I am living in the other capital of Cubans, Miami, Florida. Moving here has been the end of a stage in my life and the beginning of another. Everything changes—your home, your friends, the daily routine, the language. This is why this work is titled Farewell to Cuba, like the beautiful song by Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes, which he wrote when he was banished from our country by Spanish forces in the 19th century. And before immigrating to this new city and new life, I said goodbye to each piece of life I was leaving behind on our island. Because in these pictures there remain the memories, the motherly embrace, a poetic sunset seen from the Malecón, an old song or the odd kiss stolen from a past sweetheart