Spinning spools of colors and thread, flowing ribbons of fabric and people, frantic movement of garment workers and machines, fearful searching of rescue workers and family members, set to Ritsu Katsumata’s haunting score, create a sound and image indictment the global textile industry’s violations of human rights. In 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist fire (in New York City) claimed the lives of 146 garment workers and shocked the nation. Over a hundred years later, the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh claimed the lives of 1,129 people, injured 2,515 and shocked the world. American corporations, including Walmart, The Gap, Target and Macy’s, continue to refuse to sign a legally binding accord (signed by 70+ European companies) to pay for safety improvements in the factories in Bangladesh where their clothing is produced.
Created by Lynn Estomin (USA) with Ritsu Katsumata
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools / Canon EOS REBEL, Electric Violin and Synthesizer.