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The Venezuela Decalage Dalia

Dalia Ferreira

The Venezuela en Décalage Project

“The Venezuela en Décalage Project is an invitation to stop time; to think that we are all still together under the same sky, with the same weather, having the same traditional meat pies for breakfast.  It is like being around family and friends, again, all together and at the same time.”  – Dalia Ferreira.

The Venezuela en Décalage Project

Venezuela en Décalage (Time Difference or Jet Lag) is the name of an international art project created by a Venezuelan artist, Dalia Ferreira.

The artist is working on a long term concept that reflects the Venezuelan migrant’s human conditions throughout a series of clock-shaped pieces and testimonies positioned in a diversity of stands.

This emotional cost is mirrored in a contemporary and colourful aesthetics based in the social and anthropological investigations throughout photography, video projections, conferences, video art, social media campaigns, space interventions and artistic interactive installations such as ephemeral radio studios.

The project look forward to sensitizing the audience about the new meaning of the concepts of Time and Distance for the Venezuelan diaspora. It invites people to understand the inevitable timelessness that exists between Venezuelans and their relatives in exile.

Venezuelan migration to other countries is a phenomenon that is impacting the whole world and has turned into a regional crisis for Latin America.  It is estimated that, by year’s end, approximately 10M courageous Venezuelans will already leave the country by air, bus, foot, hitchhiking, smuggled, despaired, displaced, legally, illegally or almost on the run, in pursuit of new destinations.

Clock's of The Venezuela en Décalage Project

I am a Venezuelan artist and journalist born in Caracas in 1966, based in France from 2014 after and granted recognition given by the French Embassy from Venezuela (an artistic and cultural visa due to my artistic career) which also helped me leave the Venezuelan crisis.

I made photography studies with the Venezuelan iconoclastic photographer Nelson Garrido, the portraitist Ana Maria Yanes, the Nucleo Foto Sensible School and the Art Students League in New York among other studies.

I feel I have a debt with cinema, one of my deepest passions. I made two films in super 8 formats in the eighties. One of them, « R.E.M 999 » about the aftermath of the 3rd world war, earned 3 prices for young directors at that time. The other one, a critic against journalistic censorship was also awarded. So I don’t discard going back to this expression form some day in the future. Not because of the prices, but because I love the visual narration.

For almost a decade I was the director of a youth popular radio station called 92.9. This radio was closed by the censorship in Venezuela in 2017 and belonged to a media group called 1BC (One Broadcasting Caracas) This group created in 1953 the TV Channel called Radio Caracas Television, also prohibited and closed in 2007 by the government. In 2019, the Venezuelan regime has disappeared more than 50 media and the freedom of expression is criminalized.

The blueprint of my artwork is traversed by my parallel media life. I worked as a TV presenter, also in printed journalism, photojournalism, advertising, communications and radio stations, entrepreneurship (I the 90’s I created a t-shirt journalistic brand called Document Collection “100% News on Cotton” with journalistic and documentary limited edition models) One day I decided to go independently and open my Art Atelier and also create a Web Radio School (the first in our country, in company of my lifetime companion Thamara Bryson, digital and cultural journalist, with whom I co-created La Fête de la Musique in Venezuela for several years with the Venezuelan Embassy and the Alliance Française under the direction of its cultural director Yuly Marrero).

I’m also worried about contemporary issues such as migration, the climatic change, the demographic crazy growth, sustainable development and gender equity.

My dad (Edgar Ferreira Zambrano) is a retired maths and pedagogic sciences professor from a well-known university in Caracas, as well as my beloved brother (Edgar Ferreira), an engineer who shares his pedagogical time with his passion: literature. My mom (Betulia Arévalo de Ferreira) is a very active and positive woman that founds beauty in tragedy. I inherited from my dad the admiration for classical music, the love for education and humanity. From my mom, I learned not to leave anything for the next day and never stop laughing in life. From my brother, the interest in science fiction, the music of Vangelis and Enya, the literature, culture… among so many things. I have another brother called Nelson, who I met some years ago and who became a new love in my life as well.

In 2013, while making a documentary about the Venezuelan Carlos Cruz Diez (one of the world’s most important Optic Art artists)  he told me: “Art is one of the most efficient communication channels existing in life”.

Protest in Venezuela against government censorship, March 3rd. 2014

Physichromie boricua, by Carlos Cruz-Diez. University of Puerto Rico Botanical Gardens

The Art behind The Venezuela Décalage Project

I left my country, like millions of other Venezuelans, because of the dictatorship that has existed for many years.  This project is about time, distance and the emotional cost of it, where one who has escaped home, always have to think about what the clock is at ‘home’ when you are somewhere else. Anyone travelling or settling in other countries can understand this state of mind and body.

The social and political dimension of this project is about getting focus on the crisis and all the people it involves; the crisis that is currently in Venezuela, and forcing Venezuelans to flee their homes. About how it is to have to leave everything and settle in other countries where you may not be welcome at all.

I use the exhibits to draw attention to this reality. I’m using funding to be able to set up new exhibitions around Europe. Therefore, I crowdfund and ask for sponsors.

The goal is to focus on the Venezuelan crisis and to get the best attention, through my pictures and through video portraits of ordinary Venezuelans who have fled their country and its dictatorship, by setting up exhibitions.

I also develope other expressive actions, such as conferences, video art, social media campaigns, space interventions and interactive installations such as ephemeral art radio studios.

My pictures, they are in great contrast to the terrible crisis. They are colourful, exciting and by taking a closer look they become kind of pop-drama visuals. They do not show starving children in black and white, or people who have been killed and tortured.

There is a crisis; it touches ordinary people like you and me; people who can normally take good care of themselves; people with a rich culture; a strong belief. This crisis has great consequences every day for all the people concerned, and it has become not only a regional problem in Latin America but an international migration issue.

Next time you take a break at your favourite coffee shop, a Venezuelan could be the one serving your Mochaccino or sitting next to you texting his father.  Please help Venezuela so we can help ourselves.

Decalage  Poem

How many miles separate you and your family at this moment?

How many times have you asked yourself, lately, ‘What time is it there?’ as to be able to call my mother or my sister?

How many times you have checked the time in your adopted country and sighed because the sun hasn’t risen yet in Venezuela?

How many times a day do you find yourself travelling in time, outside of your body, imagining what your buddies, an aunt, your dog or that neighbour you thought you’ll never miss are doing, or if the whistle of the knife grinder can still be heard in your street back home?

Perhaps, immigrants should have clocks, with shared times and coordinates, that could establish parallels with our loved ones.

We should create a time that is just one, with the same sun and the same moon.  We should invent a clock that tics according to the systole and the diastole of the heart of our most beloved person.

Our clocks work because our longing winds them.  Some of us have sundials which don’t work in geographies that lack sunlight.  Others carry hourglasses made with beach sand.

Sometimes, before the day breaks, we wake up with the handles of our small inner clock stuck in our heart, forcing us to place them back in the clock of our new temporality.

In reality, ourselves and our affection share the same time; the space-time concept confirms that we are many people, sharing the same instant, at any place on the planet.

How early the sun rises in the places where we don’t belong!

– Thamara Bryson

The Artworks

The Venezuela Décalage 5
The Venezuela Décalage 6
The Venezuela Décalage 7
The Venezuela Décalage 8
The Venezuela Décalage 1
The Venezuela Décalage 2
The Venezuela Décalage 2
The Venezuela Décalage 4
The Venezuela Décalage 15
The Venezuela Décalage 16
The Venezuela Décalage 17
The Venezuela Décalage 18
The Venezuela Décalage 13
The Venezuela Décalage 14
The Venezuela Décalage 9
Decalage 011H30 Dalia Ferreira
Decalage 03H00 Dalia Ferreira
The Venezuela Décalage 12

We created an international social media campaign focusing on my Instagram account @daliaferreira, asking people to record and send a 1-minute testimony about their experience from overseas dealing with the crisis and the time difference.

About 100 Venezuelans from all over the world responded to this campaign and their words became an active part of the «Venezuela en Décalage» art project.  This initiative doesn’t belong to me anymore, we are a voice crying out for freedom.

Here you can watch a synthesis of all the testimonials.

What is the Crisis in Venezuela about?

For several years Venezuela — once the richest country in South America — has been hurtling toward economic, social and institutional collapse, spurring a regional humanitarian crisis and mass migration. Families are struggling to survive inside Venezuela, while others are making desperate journeys to leave their home country entirely. The humanitarian crisis is now the worst in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 3 million people displaced in the region. More people may flee in the coming months as conditions in the country worsen. The UN estimates there will be 5.3 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants by the end of 2019.

While the crisis in Venezuela has not been prominently featured in the news, the statistics are startling: Nearly 90 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line and more than half of families are unable to meet basic food needs. But what happened to cause these issues?

Venezuelans are facing malnutrition: Because of the economic collapse, Venezuelans are struggling to buy enough food to feed themselves and their families. In fact, the situation in Venezuela is so dire that the Secretary General of the Organization of American States said last year that newborns in Syria have a better chance of survival than those born in Venezuela today.

Medical facilities in Venezuela are breaking down and losing their electricity at the same time that the cost of medications has become astronomical. There is a shortage of around 85 percent of all medicines in the country. eanwhile, 13,000 doctors have left Venezuela in the past four years. Without access to proper medical care, people have become more vulnerable to treatable and communicable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.

Society in Venezuela is breaking down

Jobs in Venezuela have all but disappeared, and with violence on the rise and reliable access to food, healthcare and medicine deteriorating, more than 3 million Venezuelans have left since 2015.

Venezuela has one of the highest crime rates in the world. In 2017, more 73 Venezuelans died a violent death every day. According to the UN, more than 40 people have died so far in recent protests in Venezuela and at least 850 people have been detained.

Inflation in Venezuela has skyrocketed

Inflation in Venezuela has grown exponentially in the past few years. The high inflation has been devastating for Venezuelans, whose salaries often are not enough to pay for one meal a day. Few people can afford anything else.

Inflation is projected to grow to 10,000,000 percent this year, up from 112 percent in 2015.

Venezuela holds the world’s largest supply of crude oil — but it’s not providing the income that it used to. The price of oil fell from $100 a barrel in 2014 to $26 a barrel in 2016. Now barrels are around $50 each, which means Venezuela’s main source of income has been cut in half.

The number of Venezuelans arriving in neighboring countries has steadily increased in recent months. Venezuelans are fleeing their home country to neighboring countries including Colombia and Brazil, and to others in the region such as Peru, Panama and Ecuador, as well as islands in the south Caribbean.

Colombia is currently hosting the largest number of Venezuelans — more than 1 million — through official and unofficial entry points along its 1,300-mile border with Venezuela. Thousands of people are crossing daily to Colombia to meet their basic needs.

Source : Mercycorps (a global humanitarian and development organization helping people survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Mercy Corps relation to the Venezuelan crisis is working from Colombia to assist Venezuelan migrants and refugees who have fled Venezuela)

My beautiful Venezuela

Protest march against Maduro on February 2, 2019 in Caracas convened by Juan Guaido Acting President of Venezuela. Realized by Alex Abello Leiva, known in the artistic world as alexcocopro, photographer, filmmaker, extreme sportsman, motivator, entrepreneur, graphic artist and digital project leader.

Humanitarian aid for Venezuela in February 2019, sent by the United States to Colombia

VENEZUELA EN DÉVALAGE ART EXPO

Started March 7, 2019
Ended March 7, 2019

Free entrence

HÔTEL DE VILLE
16 Place Jean Macé
69007 Lyon
France

Opening hour 19 PM

Contact:

Thamara Bryson
Phone number +33 6 25 21 23 59
thamarabryson@gmail.com

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I use the exhibitions to draw attention to the reality of the crisis and the humans involved. But I need help to set up new exhibitions around Europe. Therefore, I crowdfund and ask for sponsors. I am grateful for all the help I can get.

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Coming exhibition

Semaine de l'Amérique Latine en France

With the support of The House of Latin America and the Caribbean in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, House of Rums and Corporación Salaverría Iøm proud to invite you to my coming exhibition, which will be part of “Latin America Week in France” 2019.

Start May 24, 2019
Ends June 22, 2019

Free entrance

Don’t’ miss the official opening day:

Thursday, June 6 from 6 PM

Tasting of Latin American rums and coffees from Central America.

With the musical participation of Rebecca Roger and Parranda La Cruz – Afro-Venezuelan drums.

Galerie Atelier Ahtzic Silis
6 Rue Mazard
69002 Lyon
France

Opening hour: Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm

Contact:

AHTZIC SILIS

Phone: +33 (0) 9 52 26 31 70
Mobile: +33 (0) 6 66 52 77 57
e-mail: ahtzicsilis@gmail.com

Ongoing exhibition

VENEZUELA EN DÉCALAGE - MADRID - EL APARTACO

Start May 7, 2019
Permanent show

Free entrance

Venezuela en Décalage – Madrid – El Apartaco
Calle de Luchana, 7
28010 Madrid
Spain

Opening hour: From 9 am to 12 am

Contact:

Veronica Camacho
Phone number +34 653 53 77 16 and +34 686 974 916
verox7@gmail.com