Holly Zambonini

If you’ve got a body, you’ve got something to sell

If you’ve got a body, you’ve got something to sell looks at the future of the gig economy in the Global South.

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It focuses on what could happen to those who lose their jobs to automation, who may have nothing left to sell but their bodies. The project is based on the current issue of body commodification,which sees people in the Global South make a living through the transnational kidney trade, hair trade and surrogacy. It poses the question of what the gig economy might look

like if it was possible for buyers in the Global North to purchase another person’s genes from the Global South in order to change their own genetic code using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. If you’ve got a body, you’ve got something to sell draws attention to the need for Sustainable Development to continue supporting those left behind by changing economic models. It highlights the responsibility of governments to develop innovative solutions for those who will inevitably lose their jobs to automation.