Cargo (2017) displays an observational meditation - a tidal loop - on the cyclic nature of human's economic relationship with the sea, its role in the history of colonialism and conflict, and its unrelenting desire to appropriate, display, cluster and attach Western names to the natural world and its objects around us.
Cargo was made on the occasion of the fourth Glubbdubdrib Expedition 'The Cemetry of Desire, Or How the Golden Tongue Lost its Name’ departing from the Artis Library Collection in Amsterdam and exploring the value systems behind the drive to possess, destroy and preserve natural artefacts, the hunt on illegal trade and the dangers posed to our ecological system.
Cargo was filmed in the Port of Rotterdam, Maasvlakte 2. The different animals, plants and invertebrates named in the video are listed on the CITES treaty as 'endangered' or 'vulnerable'.
Idea: Yeb Wiersma
Camera: Elisa Grasso Editing: Elisa Grasso & Yeb Wiersma Voice: Elisa Grasso Special Thanks: Anton Huitema
(Senior CITES officer, Port of Rotterdam, Maasvlakte 2)