Kahn’s subjects upend the idea that, in a collectivi­st state like Cuba, a person is part of the whole with no value of his or her own. “These kids are going, ‘No, no, no, I’m an individual,’” says Kahn. After decades of scarcity and conformity, these young men and women are embracing objects and brands as a show of identity—like the young man with headphones, or the dancer who asked Kahn if she could wear her sunglasses, “because she was really proud of having them.”

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