Greed Kills

Marilyn Hrymak's avatar Marilyn Hrymak

"Greed Kills" is a memorial to the 1246 Bangladesh garment workers that perished in three preventable disasters that happened in 2012-2013. These workers, mainly women, were paid roughly $38 a month in the $18 billion clothing industry. Also remembered in this piece of art is Aminul Islam, an outspoken courageous labor activist that was kidnapped, tortured and murdered. The burning building has a large crack symbolizing two of the disasters that were fires and one that was a huge building cave in. The wall hanging is made of up cycled jeans and other repurposed fabric. The gold swirl charm is a celtic feminine symbol. Garment labels from companies that manufactured at these facilities or have a record of garment worker violations in other third world countries make up the strapless dress. This is a reminder that American consumers benefit from the horrible treatment of these foreign employees. Consumers may not be aware of these facts because corporate owned media doesn't often report these incidents.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1/8 inch
  • Medium: upcycled, fiber art, art quilt
  • Width: 14 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 20 inches