La Bruja


The village of La Bruja, 358 inhabitants, is located in the feet of the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, along the oriental coast of the island of Cuba. He holds his name (in Englsih: the witch), and his reputation, of a famous legend of a legend born in the thirties, and famous in the region. In the heights, the inhabitants harvest the coffee, the malanga, and the other tropical tubers. Centuries of isolation and austere life profoundly marked their culture.

Between 1998 et 2001, Alexis Cordesse made several trips to the remote village. The inhabitants accepted him little by little because he had something precious to exchange: images against their presence. His images reveal people in the limit between what they were and what they are going to become. Caught up by the History and the modern civilization, La Bruja began a slow metamorphosis. These photographs constitute a memory of a sublime and fragile world on borrowed time.