What We Are Made Of tells interwoven stories about cotton and the people who work with this material. The work is set in the region of Uzbekistan around the Aral Sea. This collection of salt water basins once made up the third-largest lake in the world, but it is now an infamous byword for large-scale desertification; a natural disaster of global significance. Cotton production in this area is supported by forced labour (modern slavery). What We Are Made Of is an artistic, pedagogical project about the raw materials of our everyday lives.
Originally published as an audiobook, What We Are Made Of is now available in print, with drawings by Angelica Falkeling and texts by Rianne Groen and Vivian Sky Rehberg. Access to the original audio work comes with the bookmark included within this publication.