Trade Wars – Singh Twins Tote Bag
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Inspired by The Singh Twins’ artwork Trade Wars (Slaves of Fashion series). In 1600, Elizabeth I granted a monopoly to the East India Company on all English trade east of the Cape of Good Hope. The Singh Twins adapt a 16th-century portrait of the queen, changing her jewels to spices traded by the Company. Around Elizabeth are scenes of ‘trade wars’ between the colonial powers. The outer border shows ‘trade wars’ in a modern context where the theme is the social and ecological impact of the supermarket price wars over bananas.