Glasgow based artist, Jan Nimmo, has been gathering images and testimonies to make a series of portraits of banana workers since 2000. She recently completed her second documentary film, Pura Vida?, which exposes the devastating effects that agrochemicals used on Costa Rica's pineapple and banana plantations have on workers, communities and the environment.
For her projects, Nimmo has been collaborating with Banana Link, a small and dynamic not-for-profit co-operative, founded in 1996 that campaigns for a fair and sustainable banana trade. Their website is a great resource for the many social and environmental issues that affect the international banana trade.
A bit older, but still ripe:
In 2005, the second International Banana Conference took place in Brussels. One of the outcomes was the Organizer's Declaration, calling for the establishment of a permanent multi-stakeholder banana forum, some form of regulation to limit the impacts of supermarket “buyer power” and for the enforcement in practice of labour legislation, health, safety and environment measures.
For the Garage festival 09 Free Soil have conducted a site specific research project investigating the environment of the Baltic Sea.
We created an alternative archive of political and historical events that have occurred in the Baltic Sea region, especially Stralsund and linked these with the sea’s responses. The impact of Industrialisation, population growth and political changes has resulted in climatic and environmental changes recorded in the sea. Nature retaliates by creating new forms, one of the most significant being the spread and growth of toxic Blue Green Algae or “phytoplankton”
Images: wooden sewerage pipe from Stralsund. &
Portrait of William Lindley the designer of the first sewerage system in Stralsund, algae on paper.