Cotton Blues

Cotton Blues — 2016.

Graphite pencil, black felt pen
and coloured cotton threads
on white Steinbach paper 250 g/m².
73 × 104 cm (28.8 × 40.9 in).

Solo exhibition No Man Is An Island,
Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, 2016.

If for a portion of the world population, to travel where one wants seems obvious, for another part, it seems sometimes easier to move objects. One can have a T-shirt travel 31 068 miles, from cotton production, manufacturing, and other processes, until the sale of clothing, to ensure a minimum production cost and to make maximum benefit.

On a weft thread drawn with pencil are deposited labels indicating for the same year the price of cotton, subsidies and income of cotton growers by producing countries, and the income of confection workers — a majority of women — compared with the minimal vital income prevailing in their country.

Lucile Bertrand - Cotton Blues
Lucile Bertrand - Cotton Blues

Detail.

Lucile Bertrand - Cotton Blues

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Lucile Bertrand - Cotton Blues

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Lucile Bertrand - Cotton Blues

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