JORJA SMITH

In The Cupboard Under the Sink

ABOUT THE ART

“When our grandparents were children growing up in the Caribbean, the seas and beaches were pristine. Today, hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic have accumulated on these islands and even more  waste washes up on their shores. Each year more plastic remains uncollected. Rising levels of plastic pollution take a disproportionate toll on these islands than in other parts of the world. A lot of plastic pollution on these islands is generated by tourism which, in turn, also contributes to the economies of the region. The economies of these islands and the livelihoods of the tenacious people who inhabit them are threatened because they rely on the ocean. Local craftspeople are ever-adapting to repurpose and upcycle waste plastics but these individuals can only do so much. Plastic pollution in the Caribbean is rampant and whilst measures are being taken (for example – throughout the Caribbean, many countries have banned, or are considering bans on single-use plastics), more needs to be done at both local and global levels by lawmakers and big business.

This installation is designed to inspire and promote thinking around creative solutions to address systems of inequality that perpetuate plastic pollution.” – Jorja Smith

 

ABOUT THE ART