“Western Union” opens a topic that remains invisible, even though it affects many people in different ways. Namely the cash flow from migrants to their families and the responsibility they carry to secure their relatives’ livelihood. There are global statistics on how much money migrants send annually through companies such as Western Union and others, but many of the details, including the involved risks, remain hidden.
Sattva Giacosa aims to introduce us to this world, through documentation and highlighting experiences. NotThe stories told, are not only personal, but should also be read as reflections on the capitalist system and the development of alternative cash flow paths.
Statement of the jury 2019
This project aims to make visible the reality of immigrants coming from underprivileged background, who once outside their home country, become a substantial support for their families.
Showing the ambiguity of the West, which criminalizes and discriminates against immigrants. Exposing the underlying reality, which is not only the cheap labor and exploitation immigrants face, but also the business behind remittance companies, such as Western Union, banks and currency agencies. A reality that often remains concealed, even within the realm of alternative and autonomous groups.
Sattva Giacosa is a Venezuelan artist based in Vienna and Barcelona. Self-taught photographer, currently studying art at the Fine Art Academy of Vienna.
Born and raised in Venezuela moved to Europe in 2000, she has been throughout her live active in different autonomous movements from Latin America and Europe. Her work is political and personal, revolves around autobiographical experiences as an immigrant focusing on the body, feminism, sexuality and nature, combining analog photography, writing, collage and performance.