Cocoa Pickers



Issey Miyake asked me to contribute to an exhibition on Chocolate, he was curating with the designer Naoto Fukasawa. Chocolate in Japan has become a luxury product with organised tastings- similar to wine.

I decided it would be interesting to explore the disparity between the producer and consumer. I choose the Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cacao producing country. These farmers of cocoa beans were photographed in the village of Zongokro in the 25km no-man’s land dividing the country since the civil war in 2003, they earn less than a $1 per day.