A few months ago I decided to create a series of images to bring awareness about the injustices that women face on this planet. Then I became aware of A21, a organization committed to combating human sex trafficking in the 21st century. They were planning a huge fundraiser to start an arm of this organization in the Carolinas, USA. Artists gathered. An art installation came together to show the dark side, the hope that is there, and the freedom that is possible. Initially, I was to express the dark side but ended up showing the hope and joy of freedom.
All of the images are photographs. Most are composites put together to tell a story, connect to an emotion or revive a memory.
On the day of the event I met Angela. She was someone who came out to support the cause and asked me about this piece with a bicycle. She asked me if I knew what it meant. I came to know that this reminded her of a dream that she had. A dream about going from struggle to a new life. I told that it would name that piece ‘Angela’s Dream’.
I cannot begin to understand the reality of anyone caught up in slavery of this type. I can relate to trying to follow your dreams. The idea is to do what little we can so others have that chance too.
Rest of the images are here. Prints are available.
Get on board at www.thea21campaign.org