In order to show the world a more in-depth Cuba — different from the dilapidated, colorful buildings, cigars and 1950s cars — photographer Carlos Otero Blanco went where most people are not allowed, the bedroom.
“It’s the most intimate part of a home. A lot of things happen there: They love, argue, dream, procreate.”
And it wasn’t just to discover more about Cuba, but more about the people. “When you look at the photos, you discover the person who lives there,” Otero Blanco said.
“Visitors may see a living room or bathroom, but they are never allowed to go to bedrooms where people have their private lives.”
Dormir con 120
As part of his project called “Dormir con 120” — an ode to the type of film he uses — Otero Blanco traveled around Cuba photographing all kinds of bedrooms, from an old farmer’s house to a more modern one.
See all the different bedrooms from around the island here.
If a patent was upheld, that means the Oaxacan community would have to pay the patent owner copyright fees to sell their blouses. Oaxaca’s secretary for indigenous issues responded by filing a lawsuit to claim the intellectual rights of the design from Isabel Marant and Antik Balik.
Of course, people were PISSED.
@isabelmarant you cannot copyright what our Indigenous people of Oaxaca have been making for centuries, we will BOYCOTT and spread the word
After all the uproar, a rep for Marant sent Vogue magazine a statement in which she formally denies owning a patent for the design:
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According to the statement, Marant’s company appears to be defending itself from Antik Batik’s claim that it owns a patent on the design: “Isabel Marant formally denies owning any patent to the Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec embroided blouses. Isabel Marant also formally denies having sent – or asked any French authority to send or issue – any document to the authority of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, to prevent the inhabitants of the municipality from selling their indigenous designs. On the contrary, Isabel Marant is fighting before the district court of Paris to set the record straight.”