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Contracted work is often confidential. So we decided to invest our resources into a non-commissioned piece that we can use to train our senses, grow as a studio and share with the world. — We started with a minor observation that had been occupying our minds. It grew into an investigative research project that brought our field researcher Sebastian Weida to the fringes of Zanzibar and us at home to the edges of our seats. And we learnt how an Italian motorcycle brand links both to neo-colonialism and female empowerment.

“Where do all the Vespas come from?” Chaggy stops the wrench and looks at me with a raised eyebrow over the rim of his neon orange sunglasses. Then he starts laughing. As if he had never heard a stranger question in his life ever before. “Sure, I’ll tell you,” he replies. Then he tips the sunglasses with his greasy fingers and continues to repair my Vespa, which I had borrowed not even two hours ago.

“Fifty years ago a container ship stranded here on the reef of the lagoon.” He points with his finger vaguely towards the sea. “Back then, they had no modern technology, GPS or anything. …


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