Bitter Chocolate Stories (ENG)

Joana Choumali + others


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Bitter Chocolate Stories addresses the harsh realism of child labour in cocoa plantations in an unconventional manner. Children who have escaped from forced labour were portrayed in a pop-up studio by one of the most talented African photographers, Joana Choumali from Ivory Coast.

Dutch freelance journalist Marijn Heemskerk made interviews with former child slaves and wrote background texts. Together with infographics, they provide insight into the history of the production of cocoa, the economic and social conditions for farmers in West Africa as well as the initiatives (not) taken to fight the worst of child labour practices in the industry.

The book also includes drone shots of the plantations as well as words taken from advertising for chocolate. Images taken from international media show that the issue has been in the news regularly. Yet, we proved not to be insensitive to the many calls that were made.

  • Maker(s):
  • Joana Choumali,
  • Marijn Heemskerk



PART17 _ Bitter publication PR EN

  • Colophon
  • Title: Bitter Chocolate Stories (ENG)
  • Design: Kummer & Herrman
  • Photography: Joana Choumali, Various
  • Text: Marijn Heemskerk
  • Language: English
  • Date: 2017
  • Project management: Hanneke Koster, Lys Romero,
 Lise Straatsma
  • Lithography: Colour & Books
  • Printing & binding: NPN Drukkers
  • Timeline editor: Cecily Layzell
  • Produced with the kind support of: Tony's Chocolonely
  • Publisher: Paradox
  • Editor: Lise Straatsma, Davide Ghelli Santuliana, Bas Vroege
  • Cover: Softcover
  • Pages: 215
  • Size: 170 x 240 mm
  • ISBN: 9789081887694

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