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Adolescence as an ongoing story always burning in me.V.D"
Vincent Delbrouck came across Oriss and a group of teenagers by chance in the spring of 2018: ‘Suddenly there they were, Leslie, Oscar, Gabriela, Solanch, Addiel, Leonardo, Oriss, Sharawi, Marcel.’
Delbrouck struck up a conversation, took some photos at their request, and returned for the next few days. The photographer was completely accepted by the group. He met them after school – sometimes still in their school uniform – as they hung out in the park, by the river or on the beach: laughing, chatting, kissing, listening to music, smoking, drinking champú (diluted rum), making out… and he found himself being imbued with their positive energy.
Ultimately this is what he hopes to share through his photographs: ‘It might be naïve, but I want this to put people in a good mood, and to stop them from looking only at Cuba’s exotic suffering.’
Delbrouck’s photographic idiom is painterly and full of colour. He uses his photos to create his own fiction, and is clearly not being documentary.
Delbrouck’s work is not characterized by a given scenario or plan. He seeks to capture the connection he feels with his subject, and the way everything is connected: a constellation of individual images that together form a sort of collage.
According to Delbrouck the park is their refuge, somewhere they can be together and forget that they have no perspective.