Chocolate has its politics, too. So says one artist. I checked out an exhibition by April Banks last night, and learned more about the global economy that feeds our chocolate demands. Banks seems to offer explanations on why chocolate is a luxury item that is produced and farmed by some of the poorest countries in the world. Some of her glossy images had a creepier side to them, and there were photos, sculptures, and graphic design to take in. She also had two ladies passing out chocolates, wearing t-shirts that said "Free Chocolate" and were available for $25 a pop.
Upcoming related events for this exhibition will be a (free) conversation with Banks on Saturday January 27, at 1 p.m. There's also a (free) Fair Trade & Chocolate discussion on Wednesday February 7, at 7 p.m. with Tex Dworkin (Global Exchange), Ella Silverman (TransFair USA) and Tom Neuhaus (Project Hope & Fairness, Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates). I may go to the Thursday February 8, at 7 p.m. Heart Shaped Box Truffle Making Workshop, that is $5 to $20 sliding scale.