Basic Necessities

Nestor Siré's artistic practice intervenes directly in specific contexts in order to analyse social and cultural phenomena, more specifically, the idiosyncrasies of digital culture in the Cuban context.

Steffen Köhn is a filmmaker, anthropologist and video artist who uses ethnography to understand contemporary sociotechnical landscapes.

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Basic Necessities shows the increasing digitisation of the informal economy in Cuba, exposing the images and interactions between Cubans buying and selling goods through online chat groups. The scarcity of essential goods worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, led tens of thousands of Cubans to use platforms such as Telegram in order to access everyday products. The online extension of the work on view at The Photographers’ Gallery Media invites the visitors to search through products that are being shared live on hundreds of Telegram channels.

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