An art installation by visual artist Marie Brett incorporating live elements, exploring issues of trafficking, modern-day-slavery and drug farming. A guided online walk-through of the installation creatively explores these issues, combining video, sculpture, sound and plant-life, live music and performance.
Created over a two-year period in consultation and dialogue with human justice and advocacy organisations, scholars, gardeners and persons with lived experience of trafficking and forced labour. Produced in collaboration with a team of guest creatives including filmmaker Linda Curtin, sound designer Peter Power, and lighting designer Sarah Jane Shiels.
Limited tickets to view the in-person installation will be available from May 24, subject to government guidelines. Tickets for the online walk-through are available now.
- 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.
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.
Anti-Human Trafficking Team (AHTT) is a statutory service provided by the Health Service Executive and provide care planning for both female/male victims of trafficking in all areas of exploitation - find out more.
If you have seen suspicious activity and would like to report your concerns of possible human trafficking: www.blueblindfold.ie/Cork Against Human Trafficking - for understanding more about human trafficking and to get involved with CAHT: www.sextrafficking.ie
Commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival
The work was funded by The Arts Council, the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Cork Midsummer Festival and Cork City Council.
*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: Jed Niezgoda
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