in china, the word for ivory literally translates as elephant tooth, leading to a false sense by many in the country that no actual harm comes from its acquisition.
as demand for this status symbol grows along with the nation’s middle class, those involved in the chinese ivory trade acknowledge that there are not nearly enough elephants on planet to meet even the demand for ivory chop sticks.
though the trade is regulated, inflated sate monopoly prices (by more than 1000%) have created a black market that accounts for more than 90% of all ivory importation and sales in the country.
Spontaneous Temporary Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum
A.F. Vandevorst installation for Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011
“A girl sleeping in a hospital bed in her A.F. Vandevorst dress. But here, the girl as well as the mattress and pillow are made out of candle wax. Once lit, what starts as a perfect image will slowly melt and perish during the biennale.”