The dictatorial, arbitrary, criminal, repressive government of Venezuela – among many other deplorable qualifications – has been responsible for snatching the lives of many Venezuelans in different ways but most reprehensibly due to the lack of food and medicines.
Scarcity captures our minds, producing a Tunneling effect which makes us focus single-mindedly only on what we need; this comes at a price. We lack curiosity in longer-term consequences, we lack energy to challenge the government, priorities are altered and ambitions abandoned. Scarcity is undoubtedly the new face of this oil country. Its powerful effect exerts complete control over the lives of the populace. People are obsessed; conversation has turned from politics to feverish conversations about where to find products and medicines.
- Venezuelans spend up to 12 hours a week hunting for food.
- Six out of ten have lost approximately 11 kilos of weight due to scarcity.
- Venezuelans can buy food on assigned days and 78.6% struggle to find food
For us Venezuelans living abroad we obsess over how to get food home to our families who depend on us for survival. Our lives are tinged with bitter guilt
The media have failed Venezuelans, who are forgotten until the next street protest. This project attempts to fill the void left between the headlines, it provokes thought by visually representing how the Tunneling effect of scarcity imprisons all Venezuelans. It pushes back from the idea of straight documentary photography and visually imagines how this syndrome can generate control over anyone who experience any type of scarcity. This occurrence is not limited to Venezuela; the narratives of the concentration camps say that the food emergency is the greatest urgency that people have. Starvation is the most extreme form of scarcity.
I interviewed other Venezuelans living in the UK who send aid to their families, to consider how scarcity affects them and their families. I took portraits of each participant and I evoked this invisible tunnel effect by manipulating each portrait to reveal the personal controlling effect it has on them.
The Venezuelan crisis demands attention, this narrow controlling vision of its dictatorial government and its effects on the emotional, psychological and physical state has not been covered or addressed. The aim in documenting these stories is to encourage new perspectives and raise questions surrounding the longstanding problem