Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
About my work
I wanted to use my block to delve into the complex issue of fast fashion, with particular emphasis on the lives and wellbeing of garment workers. With this in mind, I took on Article 23: the protection of workers’ rights.
I chose to approach this from a personal place: my closet. I cut the tags from my clothes and began to put these women on the map. I used a southern-oriented map because of its history as a symbol against colonialism, capitalism and white supremacy. I embroidered the Article in black thread to symbolise the devastating lack of transparency in fast fashion, and wrapped everything in an exquisite silver to give the piece the illusion of grandeur.
Fast fashion is just that: an illusion. It’s a smoke screen with a body count. Asking #whomademyclothes helps empower garment workers and ensure safe, favourable working conditions for all. Transparency ←→ accountability ←→ change.
Illuminate is a moniker used by Stephanie Dunlap, a student, artist, and activist from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. They work individually and with others to create accessible art that engages the global community on an individual level. While varied, their larger body of work delves into ideas of pattern recognition, intersectionality and self-efficacy as a way of understanding and emphasising an individual’s vital role in our global community.