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Saudade - Modisch Magazine, September 2018 

The nostalgia for the country and the people that might never return. We feel their absence in this empty home.

About the title
Wikipedia defines saudade, a Portuguese and Galician word, as “A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves”.
According to the Dicionário Houaiss da Língua Portuguesa "It is related to thinking back on situations of privation due to the absence of someone or something, to move away from a place or thing, or to the absence of a set of particular and desirable experiences and pleasures once lived”.

The Bolivarian diaspora is the voluntary emigration of millions of Venezuelans from their native country during the presidency of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.
Anthony Faiola wrote for the Washington Post (2018) that “Nearly 1 million Venezuelans have left their country over the past two years”. 

The location
The photos were taken in an old building in Caracas. The granddaughter of one of the builders lent us her family´s apartment, currently uninhabited because their owners emigrated. Recently, she also left the country.

Photography: Gabriel A. Gomez H.
Styling and Creative Direction: Daniela Benaim
Hair and Makeup: Leonardo Cartaya
Model:  Nicole Crespo
Styling Assistance: Samantha Castro
Location: Caracas, Venezuela