As Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, 80, convalesces in hospital following surgery for internal bleeding brought on by his gruelling work schedule over recent months, Polo’s Bastards presents a photographic testament to the man whose term has outlasted nine US Presidents.
Disinterested pedestrians going past a portrait of Fidel in an abandoned shop.
According to the sign in a print shop Fidel believes â€œideas are worth more than weaponsâ€.
Portraits of Cuban independence leader Jose Marti and Fidel at an intersection in Havana. According to Castro â€œIdeas illuminate the worldâ€.
Graffiti commemorating Fidel and the 26th of July (date of his original uprising in 1953 against the pro-American Batista regime).
A bulletin board in central Havana features news and photos relating to some of the dayâ€™s major political themes. A protest in front of the American Interests Section in Cuba which supposedly drew more than a million denizens, Fidel and his newest regional ally, Bolivian President Evo Morales and the five Cuban-Americans being held in U.S. Federal prisons after being convicted of espionage on behalf of Castroâ€™s regime.
A road sign on the islandâ€™s main highway commemorates the CDRâ€™s (Committees in Defense of the Revolution) which maintain Castroâ€™s grass roots level appeal by organizing various pro-revolutionary activities (including espionage!) in every neighborhood on the island-notice the machete and the motto on it stating â€œon high alert.â€ Another of Fidelâ€™s proclamations is included;â€the genius is in the masses, the genius is massiveâ€.
A poster in a Havana pharmacy celebrating the 47th anniversary of the revolution while declaring: â€œ47 years of sovereignty, dignity, independence, liberty, battle, patriotism, hope and revolutionâ€.
A young man wearing a t-shirt featuring Fidel and his staunchest regional ally Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Typical Cuban Post Office.
A classic image of Fidelâ€™s early days on display in front of a residential window.
Billboard commemorating the 47th anniversary of the revolution along with an image of Fidel and one of his iconic fallen comrades; Camilo Cienfuegos.
For those Cuban households with a TV set Fidel is an oft-invited guest!
A mural for the revolutionâ€™s most famous fallen soldier; Ernesto â€œCheâ€ Guevara. An encomium from Fidel praises him as a â€œman of ideas and actionâ€.
A granite sculpture in honor of Fidel and his socialist revolution.
Colorful painting in Havanaâ€™s main bus terminal glorifying Marti and the revolutionary struggle of the 1950â€™s.
A photo from 1962 (and on display in Havanaâ€™s museum of the revolution) showing Fidel partaking in Cubaâ€™s national pastime of baseball.
Poster with a caption of â€œHail Cesar, we who are about to die salute you!â€ while showing Fidel hoisting an AK-47 at an anti-American rally.
Photographs by Arya Kazemi.