In a printmaking class, Stephen Hayes came across an image of a slave ship diagram. Thus began a process that would eventually lead to Cash Crop.
Cash Crop is an exhibition that invites viewers to walk into an emotional, physical and psychic space to confront the past, present, and future. Featuring 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles representing the 15 million human beings kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Additional components of the exhibition include prints, drawings and sculptures that draw further parallels between the economics of the Atlantic slave trade and the Third World sweatshops of today.