"Inside of Regla" is a documentary project focused in this town of Havana and its daily life. From the observation -participant method, the proposal researches particular cultural elements of this peculiar town and how they have influenced its daily life. From the photography, the project also tries to show a different view point about the village of Regla, one different to the traditional and reductionist with which the village always has been showed.
Regla is a small village in the east of the city. It was founded in 1714 next to Havana´s harbor. In the beginning the Regla´s grounds were plantations of corn and sugar cane, but the construction of a church to the Virgin of Regla and the economic possibilities in the territory changed the dynamic of the village. Currently the neighborhoods of Casa Blanca and Regla make up the Regla municipality, the smallest in Cuba and one of the most important due to the presence of important industries on its territory.
There is also an important link between the development of this Havana´s town and the national and foreign immigration. The history of the town of Regla shows that the locality always has been an important immigration destination. During the 18th century and 19th century, from Europe, Africa, America and Asia, a high number of people arrived to the locality. Some of them came looking for jobs and opportunities, and the other ones came as slaves. This was the case of the black African slaves.
Due to this complex ethnic composition, the town of Regla possesses a cultural richness full of syncretic traits. The village calls the attention by its peculiar religious practices with a mixed symbolic body which can be considering as identity element. With Guanabacoa in Havana city too, and San Salvador de Bahía in Brazil, Regla is one of the places around the world where the Yoruba religion finds a significant number of followers.