THE NONSTANDARDS

Human beings that are commonly used by all of us, but their living conditions are not necessarily correct.

A visual exploration of the informal economy, its faces and the multiple forms it takes in public life.

By Oscar LaVerde

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA — In Latin America, the informal economy takes more than 50% of the working population, and more recently, the gig economy has been contributing to the non-standard forms of employment in a very substantial way as well.

Here, I try to explore this survival way of life in all the shapes it takes for women, immigrants, the elderly, indigenous, black and brown people, any visible minority I encounter. I call them the “Nonstandards.”

I took this term from the nonstandard words, which indicate those words that are commonly used but are not necessarily correct, that itself tells me so much about all the people in these images and the conditions they must live under.

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