Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties in Cuba and Spain

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This show by Ital­ian pho­tog­ra­pher Chiara Fer­ronato and Span­ish pho­tog­ra­pher Joan Al­vado looks at the Is­lamic com­mu­nity in Cuba and women in Spain who con­verted to Is­lam or were born to par­ents who had con­verted. Al­vado’s pho­to­graphs are a por­trait of Cuban Mus­lims, mainly first gen­er­a­tion, who live side by side with older Cubans at a time of sig­nif­i­cant change in the country’s his­tory. Fer­ronato’s work on Spain, mean­while, ex­am­ines themes of co­ex­is­tence be­tween Is­lamic and Euro­pean cul­tures. Ojalá is a Span­ish word that loosely trans­lates as in­shal­lah. Ojalá! Sto­ries of His­panic Is­lam runs at the Iso Lab in Venice un­til April 23. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Adal­berto Roque / AFP

Span­ish pho­tog­ra­pher Joan Al­vado’s ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on Cuba’s Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

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