I am a freelance photographer from Caracas, Venezuela, now based in Miami, USA. I'm a person of great curiosity and sensitivity to everyday stories. As a woman, a mom, and a Venezuelan experienced the situation of my country in recent years,...
The socialist utopia created by President Hugo Chávez under a discourse of struggle for the equality of Venezuelans has succumbed to corruption. After 20 years of revolution, according to ENCOVI figures, more than 90% of Venezuelans do not have the economic capacity to acquire basic goods such as food and medicines, something that has been openly documented in recent years by various means of free communication. However, there is a 10% who lives a completely different reality.
The story I want to develop in this project is aimed at how these two stories coexist within a country where imports grow daily, while national production decreases to the point of not being able to cover more than 25% of the needs. The majority of Venezuelans survive in conditions of malnutrition, poor hygiene conditions and acute shortages of basic products, while the rest take their days surrounded by comforts.
As a mother, documenting our reality is a duty, because living in crisis, with fear and lacks has become a normality; and it has been my 6-year-old daughter's questions that have impelled me to start this project, to help her understand as well as others the complexity of a country that had it all and now has nothing.