Created by artist, Simon Claviere-Schiele, Silk Road is a travelling exhibition with the goal of sending a series of printed silk pieces, depicting issues associated with globalization, around the world.
The trip is interspersed with stops at historical hubs of commerce along the Silk Road: Venise, Istanbul, Samarkand, Xi’an; and also large cities on the outskirts of the Silk Road’s network of routes such as Shanghai, Bombay, Baku, Moscow, Ankara, Geneva, Paris, etc.
This network was the first appearance of international trade 3,000 years ago. Thus, globalization was a great advancement allowing not only goods, but also inventions, discoveries, ideas, and art, to pass peacefully from hand to hand, without the conquest of land or the physical domination by it’s main players.
At that time, international trade represented a great human advancement. Today on the other hand, it has become much a dangerous medium of dehumanization. What caused this cross-border trade, formerly synonymous with interactions and progress, to be considered a negative phenomenon? How do we give globalisation a new meaning and restore human interactions to the heart of business?