WHAT WE ARE MADE OF / ANGELICA FALKELING
WHAT WE ARE MADE OF tells interwoven stories about cotton and the people who work with this material. The reader follows Aida on a visit to her parents’ farm near Nukus in Uzbekistan, where her family is forced to work in the cotton fields on a seasonal basis. We also visit Mike, an LA-based musician, and the Vienna-based influencer Cassandra who is 80% pro-vegan and ‘trying to be against fast fashion, but she might be addicted,’ The work is set in the region of Uzbekistan around the Aral Sea and researched through the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights. This collection of salt water basins once made up the third-largest lake in the world, but it is now an infamous byword for large-scale desertification; a natural disaster of global significance. Cotton production in this area is supported by forced labour (modern slavery). What We Are Made Of is an artistic, pedagogical project about the raw materials of our everyday lives.
Size 20 x 15 cm