CMC and South Main Arts Cooperative Present: BITTERSWEET: An Exploration of the Politics of Chocolate, Art Installation and Video Screening

Published Jimmy - Wed, 12/09/2009 - 9:22pm

On Friday, December 18th the Civic Media Center (CMC) and the South Main Arts Cooperative (SMarts) will co-host an art installation and video screening on the issue of slavery in the chocolate industry. The installation by food artist Taria Camerino is entitled "Bittersweet," and it will open at 7pm in the George's Meet and Produce gallery space, located at 435 S. Main St. The film, entitled "Slavery: A Global Investigation," will be screened in the CMC beginning at 8pm. This 80-minute documentary by True Vision London profiles slavery in a number of countries around the world, including in the textile industry of Northwest India, the cocoa plantations of the Ivory Coast, and the home of a World Bank official in Washington, D.C.

From the statement of artist Taria Camerino: Americans spend about $13 billion each year on chocolate sweets. 40 % of that cacao comes from the Ivory Coast, where children are stolen from their families and sold into slavery just to provide the very ingredient we all love. I have worked in the confection and pastry industry for over 17 years. Frustrated by the deplorable ways in which people are treated, I wanted to create an interactive installation that conveys that injustice using bricks, photos, words, and of course, chocolate. I will present a tactile piece that allows the participant to feel the weight of this indulgence/obsession we have with chocolate.

WHEN: Friday, December 18: Installation @ George's opens at 7pm, film screening at CMC at 8pm
WHERE: Installation @ George's Meet and Produce, 435 S. Main St.; Film next door @ Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.
COST: $3-5 donation requested at film screening

Cost: 
Installation: Free, donations appreciated; Video: $3-5 donation requested
When:
Fri, 12/18/2009 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
Installation: Free, donations appreciated; Video: $3-5 donation requested