‘Art is a powerful medium to start dialogue’The True Stories Project, an exhibition that aims to create awareness about and raise voice against exploitation and trafficking, has arrived at its concluding week.
The True Stories Project, an exhibition that aims to create awareness about and raise voice against exploitation and trafficking, has arrived at its concluding week.
The exhibit which blends the issues of human trafficking and women exploitation with art has been received positively, according to the organisers. Speaking to the Post, project manager Cecelia Rana said, “This is one of the first times that art is being used to put light into these matters. We have received positive feedback about the exhibition.” She added, “We wanted to encourage artists to explore the subject of human trafficking through art as it is a powerful medium to start dialogues that matter. I think we have succeeded to some extent in stirring conversations about the issues.”
According to Rana, this project which was developed through a series of interactive workshops with young victims of sex trafficking and those at risk for exploitation for a period of six months will move on to its second phase after the conclusion of the exhibit. She said, “After the exhibition, we are planning to make murals that revolve around the same theme. The murals will be painted at different public locations of the city so that the message can reach out to more people.” Rana revealed that the murals will be painted by the women who have been victims and survivors of trafficking and exploitation.
The three-week exhibit is organised by Siddhartha Arts Foundation, in association with the US Embassy and Artworks for Change.
The exhibit will continue till July 31.