Aerial Imagination in Cuba is a visual, ethnographic, sensorial, and poetic engagement with how Cubans imagine the sky as a medium that allows things to circulate. What do wi-fi antennas, cactuses, pigeons, lottery, and congas have in common? This book offers a series of illustrated ethno-fictional stories to explore various practices and beliefs that have seemingly nothing in common. But if you look at the sky, there is more than meets the eye. By discussing the natural, religious, and human-made visible and invisible aerial infrastructures—or systems of circulation—through short illustrated vignettes, Aerial Imagination in Cuba offers a highly creative way to explore the aerial space in Santiago de Cuba today.
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Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria.
"Walking down the hilly streets of Santiago de cube, the second biggest city after Havana, one gets the sense that to fully grasp the cty;s vibe and social life one has to look upwards. A sound and visual anthropologist working in Cuba since 2000, Alexandrine Boudreauly-foueniwe peiprs her reads not only to turn the pages of her recently published book, but also to gaze towards the sky." - Eleanora Diamanti, University of Antwerp