Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro made a very rare public appearance Wednesday night in Havana, Cuba—his first in nine months—to attend the opening of an art gallery exhibit featuring the artist Kcho.
Castro did not resemble the image most people conjure when they hear his name. At 87, Castro is reclusive and chronically ill, and often the subject of death rumors. He passed power to his brother Raul in 2006, when his abdominal illness intensified.
“I was at death’s door, but I came back,” he told reporters in 2010. He now looks frail, but appears to be able to walk with a cane.
The show featured gigantic sculptures made out of rafts, in the forms of what appear to be seated robots. Seeing the two in the same space—Castro and the rafts—could have been an art installation in itself: a dictator gazing at the very objects people used to flee from his country.