Cuba (2013) – Artists Tanya Lucia Bernard and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara took a 7-foot-tall paper mache sculpture of ‘La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre’—the Patron Saint of Cuba—on a 600-mile pilgrimage that began in Havana on September 12 and ended in Santiago de Cuba. The sculpture was made by Alcántara in collaboration with youth and children in El Cerro, Havana, as part of a project With Everyone and for the Good of Some. During the pilgrimage, La Caridad patrons are invited to write their wishes and praises directly onto the saint’s body and to give alms in her honor. The money collected was donated to a family recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Though the trip was exhausting, Bernard wrote, “The poorest Cubans have opened up their homes to us, and given us the little food they have to offer, which is crazy to me cause they have the least to give,” says Bernard. “It really is beautiful how giving everyone has been.”