Do you show your love for the people who produced your Valentine’s Day gifts?
In the run up to Valentines’ Day 2016, Darren Hall commissioned a series of short films designed to highlight the disconnect between consumer’s feelings (of love, presumably!) for the person they are purchasing gifts for, and their lack of feeling for the people producing the gifts. Referencing Bristol’s history as a global trading port, built on the backs of slaves, this project sought to highlight the modern day slavery that still exists all over the world. Simply put, buying Fair-trade ensures that producers are treated fairly and paid a living wage, animals experience a higher standard of welfare, and production practices are more likely to be environmentally sustainable.
Here are the films:
To read more about Fair-trade, go to: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk
Chains of Love was produced with support from Arts Council England and Bristol’s Festival of Ideas for Bristol 800, an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).