NIKE Blanket Petition: la petizione fatta a mano


Questo lavoro ha avuto una lunga gestazione. Dal 2003 al 2008 donne di tutto il mondo hanno contribuito al progetto inviando per lettera a Cat Mazza e al gruppo microRevolt centinaia di quadrati di 4 cm x 4 cm ricamati all'uncinetto o sferruzzati con fili di lana colorata. Il risultato è stato un'enorme coperta patchwork che ha riprodotto il baffo delle Nike.

Ma è la motivazione la cosa importante. Ogni quadrato rappresentava una firma alla petizione per il rispetto di giuste condizioni di lavoro ai lavoratori della Nike sparsi per il mondo. Una cosa non da poco perchè, come sappiamo bene tutti, questi lussuosi prodotti vengono assemblati e fabbricati in paesi come Cina, Corea o stati africani le cui politiche (sul rispetto del lavoro e dell'ambiente) sono quanto mai dubbie. I tasselli così accumulati sono stati raccolti nella Garanti Gallery di Istambul nel novembre del 2007, raggiungendo una rappresentanza di circa 40 paesi: la coperta era pronta nel 2008. Nel 2009 il progetto è stato esposto al Museo Tessile del Canada (dall' 11 febb. al 7 sett.) a Toronto e presso la Art Gallery of Calgary ( dal 25 sett. al 32 genn. 2010) come parte del progetto "She Will Always Be Younger Than Us".

Prossime esibizioni: Portland (Oregon) a due passi dal quartier generale della Nike a partire da Gennaio 2010...

[Galleria in basso: alcune fasi del progetto]

NIKE Blanket Petition



Andando sul sito, potrete scorrere la coperta come una mappa: ogni tassello porta il nome di una donna, mentre cliccando sui paesi in basso troverete i relativi tasselli evidenziati sulla coperta.

Penso che sia non solo una bellissima opera collettiva, ma ci allontani in modo significativo dal modello firma-la-petizione a cui piattaforme come Facebook ci hanno abituato: pochi secondi e la coscienza a posto, ma creare a mano un oggetto, metterlo in una busta, inviarlo è un investimento di tempo, lavoro e passione reali.

Questa coperta non è solo un'opera d'arte piena di valore, ma è anche una petizione realmente di valore: in omaggio al lavoro di queste donne, di Cat Mazza ecco in basso il testo originale della petizione e le loro firme.

NIKE BLANKET PETITION

I, the undersigned citizen [full name, city/state, country] declare that clothes for sale in my community, produced in the U.S. or abroad, should be manufactured in accordance with established International Labor Organization conventions and monitored by independent auditors that are neither funded nor founded by the corporations accused of labor exploitation. Corporations using subcontracted labor have a responsibility to ensure that their products must be produced in a safe and healthy workplace, without child or forced labor. Corporations using subcontracted labor also have a responsibility to ensure that workers are paid a living wage, as opposed to the legal minimum wage, and workers have the freedom to associate and form independent unions."

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