ISWT 2020 Fashion Activism
(COVID can't stop us)
In Way of Beauty
The founding of In Sharks We Trust was as an apology, as China is historically responsible for the fin trade that decimated global shark population. We're here to galvanize purpose and reimagine activism — in way of beauty. Beautiful things gives us patience. With patience comes a pause for thoughts. Thinking makes room for wonder.
So we took it to the biggest seafood market within reach, which houses up to 1/4 of the seafood that comes through Shanghai –– to do an ISWT photoshoot.
By juxtaposing beauty and the gruesome hustle, we staged not a protest, but an objection. To show the world there are individuals fighting for change too. And to remind China of the unseen and the overconsumption of seafood.
Believing that where mistakes were made, changes can happen too.
Then we rallied 9 of Shanghai's most respected and sustainability minded chefs, as an act against shark fin restaurants still so common in China.
In the skin and as the voice for sharks, are the masters of food who believe in the equality of Man and Nature. By taking entitlement out of what and how we eat, we can give dignity back to sharks and the Ocean that provide for us, through a conscious sustainable food future.
This is a formidable undertaking that will take more than a day, a year, years. But believe in the power in our hands, on our plate – the choice we get to make 3 times a day, every day.
Honor The Fins
The dream didn't stop. In partnership with The Middle House Shanghai, we staged the first ever underwater exhibition of fashion activism for shark conservation, against the finning industry.
This is an immersive experience, literally. You need to put on swimsuits and goggles, and dive in. Hear just your breath. Feel the water. Behind the diving-like experience is one simple yet profound idea: The only thing that connects us and citizens of Earth in these photos, is water.
2020 Field Partners
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