Dorothea Trufelman

Twice a week, a group of retired Cubans gather together in Central Havana to exercise their minds, bodies and souls. 

For four years now, the ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi has been a way for these elders to retain balance and peace, both spiritually and physically.

The group meets for one-hour sessions in an abandoned lot, walled in with colorful graffiti, and transforms the space into an urban sanctuary, nestled within one of Cuba’s most populated provinces. It is the wall between reality and tranquility, the division between two states of mind. The decaying walls of the “studio” age with those who use them, yet have gained strength in spirit through time. 

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