A multi-sensory art installation by visual artist Marie Brett with live performance in a secret Cork City location, exploring issues of human trafficking, modern-day-slavery and drug farming.
Commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival and created over a two-year period in dialogue with human justice, advocacy and support organisations, scholars, gardeners and persons with lived experience of trafficking and forced labour. This ambitious piece is produced in collaboration with filmmaker Linda Curtin, composer / sound designer Peter Power, and lighting designer Sarah Jane Shiels, and incorporates live music and performance, interactive sculpture, moving image, plant-life, sound and lighting design at a secret site.
Live Installation Event (14 - 20 June)
- This live event is now sold out.
Film Streaming (17 - 27 June)
- Stream the immersive online viewing of the artwork on demand - tickets available now: click here to book.
Panel Discussion (7pm, Thursday 17 June)
- Reserve your free ticket here
- This artwork contains references to drug use and human trafficking.
- PG for online viewing
- 15 years or older for in person viewing. Anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
- If you have been affected by the issues raised in this artwork please see some relevant supports below.
- Not suitable for audiences with mobility issues
It is estimated 40.3 million people worldwide are trapped in modern slavery, one of today’s most critical human rights issues, with numbers continuing to rise. The figure includes 24.9 million people in forced labour. Of these, 16 million are exploited in private sectors such as domestic work, construction and agriculture.
To find out more about human trafficking please visit Department of Justice Blue Blindfold or Cork Against Human Trafficking.
If you are in need of help or would like to report a trafficking related concern please contact your local Garda Station or phone 999 or 112.
For drug information and supports please visit Drugs / National Social Inclusion Office.
Marie Brett, Lead Artist
The installation was designed and the concept produced in collaboration with
Filmmaker, Linda Curtin
Composer / Sound Designer, Peter Power
Lighting Designer, Sarah Jane Shiels
Pin Qiao Huang
Kath Gorman, Executive Producer
Claire Ryan, Project Manager
Kate O’Shea, Project Manager / Residency
Rob Furey, Production Manager
Drew McCarthy, Technical Manager
Andrew Sheehan, Event Control
Colm Walsh, Av Technician
Eoin Lennon, First Associate Lighting Designer
Hanan Sheedy, Depute Associate Lighting Designer
Joe Cusack, Sound Engineer
Nic Piper, Master Carpenter
Ger Clancy, Maker
Diarmuid O'Leary, Technical Stage Crew
Chris Hopcraft, Technical Stage Crew
Rory McGovern, Young People’s Facilitator
Maria Rolston, Communications and PR
Cork Midsummer Festival Placements courtesy of University College Cork
Isabella Dogliani, Research / runner
Rachel Gleeson, Research / runner, Residency
Community of Expertise
Keith Adams, Social Policy Advocate, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Dublin
An Garda Síochána: Bandon Garda Station, Drugs Squad, Sniffer Dogs Unit
Dr. Sophie Cartwright. Senior Policy Officer, Jesuit Refugee Service. London, UK
Mary Crilly, Director, Sexual Violence Centre Cork / Cork Against Human Trafficking
Dr Fiona Donson, Director, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC
Linda Latham, Manager/RGN, HSE Women's Health Service and Anti Human Trafficking Team
Ann Mara, Education Manager, MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking with the Hospitality and Service Sectors)
Edel McGinlay, Director, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
JP O’Sullivan, Network & Communications Manager, MECPATHS, (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking with the Hospitality and Service Sectors)
Persons with direct experience of trafficking and forced labour
Gráinne O'Toole, Director, Skein Press Isabel Toolan, Senior Legal Advocacy Officer, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
Dr Gillian Wylie, Assistant Professor, International Peace Studies, TCD
Pat Kiernan, Corcadorca
Louise Lowe, Anu Productions
Young Person Groups
Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork Institute of Technology
Lightbulb YT, Mallow
The Kabin Studio, Cork
Crawford College of Art & Design Students
Ramona Farrelly, Myfanwy Frost- Jones, Mary Goggin, Zoe Harley, Dee Hurley, Rory Lynch, Maitiu Mac Cartaigh, Caoimhe Moore, Veronica Santorum Crespo, Nicola Sheehan, Zoe Velthuysen
Film and Photographic Documentation
Front of House
The artist and production team wish to acknowledge the invaluable collaborative contribution and support of
An Garda Síochána, Cork Against Human Trafficking, Cork ETB, MECPATHS, St John’s College, Cork, The HSE’s Anti-Human Trafficking Team and Women's Health Project, The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, The Jesuit Refugee Service UK, The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Irish School of Ecumenics, University College Cork, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork,Theatre Department
Additional thanks are extended to
ABC Taxis, Ian Brown, Niall Cleary, Clare Creedon, Emma Feeney, Festival in a Van, Brian Gould, Brenda Greene, Judy Greene, Catherine Hehir, Dr Marie Kelly, Rose-Anne Kidney, Ber Langford, Michael Linehan, Gary McCarthy, Lorraine Maye, Paula McCarthy, Morleys Suit Hire, Erin O'Brien, Ann O’Connor and all at the Arts Participation Team, The Arts Council, Frank O’Connor, Julie O'Leary, Conall Ó Riain, Allyson O’Sullivan, Clodagh Piper, Nic Piper, Jude Sherry, Joe Stockdale, The Everyman Theatre, Aidan Wallace, Fionn Woodhouse.
The work was funded by The Arts Council, the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Cork Midsummer Festival and Cork City Council.
The project is part of the festival’s partnership in Creative Europe large-scale co-operation programme Be Part, a 4-year audience and organisational development project in the field of participatory art practices with 10 EU and non-EU partners.
*Sources: Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage, Geneva, September 2017 and UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons - 2020
Image: Marie Brett, The Day-Crossing Farm, 2021 (production still). Photo Jed Niezgoda. Courtesy the artist