Ropa Vieja, An Ode to the Ordinary

A GALLERY OF SELECTED WORK BY LAURA GAUCH

Delicate shades of sun bleached pastel colors reign supreme in Ropa Vieja, a documentary series shot by Swiss-Chilean photographer Laura Gauch while on a trip to Cuba. 

Extensive rows of wind-cuddled cotton garments left to air dry on repetitive washing lines, almost reminiscent of public art installations set up to interact with the surrounding nature and attract the eyes of curious passers-by, thread the story together. 

The crisp white waves against the crystal clear ocean, the palm trees and bright sky of the Carribean island blend seamlessly with the few human figures that appear throughout the series, infusing a sense of peace in the viewer. 

The scorching heat of the seasonless country can be perceived through the muted palette and color association of the scenes immortalized by the observing eye of Laura, who approached the project as a visual diary rather than a documentary. 

The artist captured her memories while eating Ropa Vieja – a national stew made of shredded beef and vegetables – savoring and inhaling the reality of Cuba, the stillness of everyday life and allowing her essence to be absorbed by the environment. 

An ode to the necessary gestures of daily life, a survey of the essential synergy between space, human and nature. 

All images courtesy of Laura Gauch. →

Ropa Vieja, An Ode to the Ordinary

A GALLERY OF SELECTED WORK BY LAURA GAUCH

Delicate shades of sun bleached pastel colors reign supreme in Ropa Vieja, a documentary series shot by Swiss-Chilean photographer Laura Gauch while on a trip to Cuba. 

Extensive rows of wind-cuddled cotton garments left to air dry on repetitive washing lines, almost reminiscent of public art installations set up to interact with the surrounding nature and attract the eyes of curious passers-by, thread the story together. 

The crisp white waves against the crystal clear ocean, the palm trees and bright sky of the Carribean island blend seamlessly with the few human figures that appear throughout the series, infusing a sense of peace in the viewer. 

The scorching heat of the seasonless country can be perceived through the muted palette and color association of the scenes immortalized by the observing eye of Laura, who approached the project as a visual diary rather than a documentary. 

The artist captured her memories while eating Ropa Vieja – a national stew made of shredded beef and vegetables – savoring and inhaling the reality of Cuba, the stillness of everyday life and allowing her essence to be absorbed by the environment. 

An ode to the necessary gestures of daily life, a survey of the essential synergy between space, human and nature. 

All images courtesy of Laura Gauch. →

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