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The Transparent Object

The Transparent Object

Cuba, 1995–2016

A lack of resources is fuel for invention. The transparent object is an object that does not hide how it is made, enabling anybody to reproduce it. In response to the economic crisis that gripped Cuba in the early 1990s, itscitizens became prolific inventors, wasting nothing, fixing and making everything needed for day to day life. Presented here are homemade appliances, kitchenware, garments, and games.

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Pictured: Top Half of Coca Cola Bottle Wine Glass

From the archive of Ernesto Oroza
Text by Ernesto Oroza