"Where Past and Present Coexist"

A suspicious tourist billboard has now replaced another in a space traditionally devoted to ideological propaganda at the intersection of Carlos III and the Avenue of the Presidents. On this same site I’ve been tributes to Vilma Espin — the deceased wife of Raul Castro — protests against the imprisonment of the five Cuban Ministry of the Interior agents imprisoned in the United States, and a very historic one, where the comandante smilingly warned: So far so good!

What’s odd is that the message is very confusing. The idea that the past and present coexist in Havana could be contested by any Communist Party member, but what can’t be explained is the choice a photo of the Hotel Nacional, built in 1933, for the image of the present. Is there nothing to show from the Revolutionary present?

11 April 2011