Cotton Slave Adam

ISM.2017.9.1

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Framed pair of textile works- 'Cotton Slave Adam' and 'Cotton Slave Eve'. It expolores British connection with the slave trade, through the examination of cotton as a metaphor for today's global trade in 'sweat-shop' merchandise and garments. Kettle maintains there is a thread connecting enslaved people on the plantations, through the establishment of manufacturing and the industrial revolution, to the contemporary economy of the UK. The major difference today is that manufacturing is now carried out in other parts of the world. The western appetite for cheap clothing is fuelled by prosperity and the exploitation of cheap labour elsewhere. 'Cotton Slave Adam' shows the historical reference to the plantation worker, as producer of cotton. 'Cotton Slave Eve' shows the contemporary worker, manufacturing garments for the western market.