Series 1 – a photo typology of the boxes that have been sent to Venezuela by individuals and by a London based humanitarian program.
The misery has overflown beyond the frontiers of the country, wealth does not come in the form of barrels anymore it comes in the form of boxes. Thousands of boxes are sent to Venezuelan people or NGO’s from Venezuelans abroad to help with the crisis that the country is facing. My project is about these boxes and the Venezuelans living abroad – like me – that have experienced this
Scarcity is the defining aspect of a Venezuelan’s daily life. Paradoxically it is the new face of the oil country. The 2016 Living Conditions Survey* revealed that 82% of the population are poor, more than 74% of the population said that they have lost almost 9 kilograms in weight in the last year and 86% admitted that they ate at most, only twice a day. A common trait emerges: 4% admit to suffering from malnutrition and 93.3 % of homes have insufficient income to buy food. This is partly caused by the decrease in the price of oil.
The Government denies that this is happening and does not accept humanitarian aid. Thus, for historical purposes this reality must be recorded and documented, perhaps more importantly this project is necessary in order to sound the alarm bells and address this situation before its consequences irrevocably affect future generations.
As a Venezuelan directly affected by this issue and having developed contacts and relationships with people and organization that send food and/or medicines. My aim was to document the experience of being a Venezuelan abroad sending food and/or medicines home and the impact of this help on the families and organizations in Venezuela
I have documented their testimonies and created two series of photos trying to visual represent each of their stories, boxes and products they send.