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Axel Pilyser – La Santeria Cubana


Santeria religion, originally from Benin, followed the roads of slavery and persisted in the West indies and in Brazil. In Cuba, it survived colonization, and later Castrism, by continuing its unobtrusive, though ubiquitous, practice in society. Religion without a church, it is practiced in apartments, in parks, with keen interest and simplicity. I had the opportunity to attend purification rituals, divinations, sacrifices…. to finally realize that beyond the relationship to death, religious practice can be a source of pride, discipline and social bond. My DNA as a photographer consists in recreating walls, full of meaning, from multiple sources. I seek […]

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