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The Freedom Café Art Challenge 2016 -  "HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT”

"RESISTANCE AND CHANGE OFTEN BEGIN IN ART" - URSULA LE GUI

This image was taken at PremNagar school in Nepal. Families in this region were released from bonded slavery in the early 2000's.  

This image was taken at PremNagar school in Nepal. Families in this region were released from bonded slavery in the early 2000's.  

From November 17-19, 2016, The Freedom Café is hosting the NE GIFT Box, a walk-in piece of public art that draws attention to the reality of human trafficking, in the 3S Art Space in Portsmouth, NH. As a part of the project we invite you to share your talents to help end human trafficking through our 2016 Art Challenge, "Hidden in Plain Sight".

We welcome artwork that exposes the hidden nature of human trafficking; raising awareness and inspiring action toward a traffic-free world.

Goal: Through this project we are looking to create a body of work that speaks of the reality of human trafficking and points to the work that must be done to end it.

CRITERIA: 

Style / Posture: The reality of human trafficking is dark and disturbing yet it is important that our efforts to communicate its reality are not themselves exploitative. Our desire is that the submitted work will somehow infuse the grimness of the issue with hope, restoration and a sense of empowering action. 

Top entries will be displayed in the 3S Artspace with the GIFT Box November 17-20.

Format: 2D Artwork (print, paint, photography, etc)
Size: A4 - 18"x24"
Submission: Please submit artwork as high quality jpg or pdf to artwork@thefreedomcafe.org
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2016

Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, is the fastest growing global crime. At an estimated income of $150 billion dollars per year, the annual income from the human trafficking industry surpasses that of Apple, Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined. The Freedom Cafe provides a point of consistent community engagement, education, and a simple way to fund the work necessary for a traffic-free world.

 

We invite you to draw on the following resources for inspiration:

 

Office of Victims of Crime Intro to the issue of human trafficking in the US - 7min.

 

Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery - 18min.

In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research — and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.