This brilliantly vivid and colourful piece of metal art was commissioned by fair-trade importer Global Crafts, a member of IFAT - the World Fair Trade Organisation, to celebrate its attendance at the Museums Association Conference 2008 at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
The artwork shows off the creative skills of the Caribbean Crafts artisans who made it. Caribbean Crafts was founded in Haiti in 1990 by a group of young entrepreneurs with the aim of promoting employment in Haiti.
The piece also highlights issues on global inequalities, linking with the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Haiti, formerly Saint-Domingue, was the site of a rebellion of enslaved Africans, which created the first independent Black republic of Haiti. It is at present the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.
This artwork, which is not currently on display, is from the International Slavery Museum's collections. See other recent acquisitions from the collection on the International Slavery Museum website.
Accession number ISM.2009.4