Jérôme Sessini - Photographs London Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Here, we see a typical Cuban scene at dusk: a corner shop with a few people inside, the bright colours found on the streets of Havana are muted in the evening light. Jérôme Sessini’s Rationing Store references Cuba’s food distribution system known as Libreta de Abastecimiento. Instated in 1962, the system administers individual rations and frequency of supplies. Most of the products are circulated at the local bodega (a rationing store) as depicted here. In this work, Sessini has created a dramatic scene out of a mundane activity.



Rationing Store - La Havana from Cuba in Suspense

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image: 120 x 180 cm (47 1/4 x 70 7/8 in.)
Frame: 123.7 x 184.1 cm (48 3/4 x 72 1/2 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/1 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £13,750

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London Auction 1 November 2018