Column Describes ‘Cash Crop’
November 29, 2012
This month’s O’Henry Magazine (page 21) contains a column about Cash Crop, an exhibition created by Stephen Hayes and displayed in the Guilford Art Gallery through Dec. 16.
Cash Crop grapples with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, specifically the conditions aboard ships used to transport slaves from Africa to the Americas. Fifteen life-sized sculptures − one of which Stephen modeled on himself − represent the 15 million Africans enslaved and brought to the New World beginning in 1540.
The exhibit includes prints, drawings and additional sculptures that draw further parallels between the economics of the Atlantic slave trade and the Third World sweatshops of today.