Surround yourself with monumental portraits of the children who harvest the cocoa for the chocolate you love so much. Look them in the eyes while they tell you their story. Discover how we all are seduced by advertising slogans to consume a product with a bitter aftertaste: child labour in West Africa is still on the rise.
Bitter Chocolate Stories is immersive and sensory. Flyover the lush greenery of West Africa’s cocoa plantations and touch real cocoa beans. Learn about the harsh reality of the children who work on the plantations and see their dreams depicted in their drawings.
Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Tony’s Store, Amsterdam
Tropenmuseum, Berg en Dal,
Chocolate Museum, Cologne
Bas Vroege & Tiago Rosado (Paradox)
Tiago Rosado (Paradox), Kummer & Herrman
Sound design & video
Peter Claassen (Meerzicht)
Ernst Reijseger, Mola Sylla, Harmen Fraanje
Kummer & Herrman
Special thanks to
Azu Nwagbogu (African Artists’ Foundation/ LagosPhoto) / Madame Bernadette Ouédraogo (GRADE-FRB, Ouagadougou)
Technical realisation / Techniek / Eyes on Media / Bouwko Landstra / GB Edam / Beam Systems / Berndsen Projectieschermen
BITTER Chocolate Stories is a Paradox production, created in collaboration with Tony’s Chocolonely. Paradox is supported by the Mondriaan Fund and others.