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Handmade in CubaRolando Estévez and the Beautiful Books of Ediciones Vigía$
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Ruth Behar, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, and Kristin Schwain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401520

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401520.001.0001

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Between Wonder and Resonance

Between Wonder and Resonance

Ediciones Vigía and the Archives of the Special Period in Cuba

(p.137) 10 Between Wonder and Resonance
Handmade in Cuba

Elzbieta Sklodowska

University Press of Florida

Ediciones Vigía’s use of found materials, spirit of improvisation, and aesthetic of bricolage echo the ethos of the Special Period, a time of extreme austerity measures prompted by the loss of Soviet subsidies in the early 1990s. Although Vigía was not a product of the era, it has been grafted onto the history of revolutionary Cuba because of these resonances. By considering Vigía in relationship to other fine art movements (including the art collective, Ordo Amoris) and Cuban popular culture (like the official pamphlet, Con nuestros propios esfuerzos), this chapter illustrates the myriad ways the Special Period is remembered and reconfigured in the collective memory of contemporary Cuba.

Keywords:   Bricolage, Collective memory, Ediciones Vigía, Ordo Amoris, Revolutionary Cuba, Special Period

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