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Backdrop: “Doble Moneda” (Double Currency) by visual artist Lázaro Saavedra.
As a result of the reorganization of the Cuban economy, a new character bursts into the national scene: the entrepreneur. She’s optimistic and funny! Yara La China (Chinese Yara) has three licences and all the necessary protections: a photo of Fidel and Raul, and an Indian who can counteract witchery and spells. Yara offers excursion packages payable in the two existing Cuban currencies, and gives advise on strategies to recover what has been spent. To travel with her to Varadero, Viñales, Trinidad or Santiago de Cuba is always an investment. Her offer is unique, a bargain. To illustrate her itineraries she has chosen a fragmented map of the island: her business is the country itself and her potential clients are the Cuban people thus creating an incisive and ironic joke with a reality in which most Cubans, victims of the dual currency and the meagre salaries, cannot take a vacation. Cubalandia is a stark, unadorned but hilarious look at to-day’s Cuba.