EXHIBITION: After the Fact | Borderless Captivity at the EU Delegation

  • Courtesy: The Artist/ Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin / Christine König, Vienna

    Courtesy: The Artist/ Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin / Christine König, Vienna Photo: Ann-Sofi Sidén

The Delegation of the European Union, in collaboration with Embassy of Sweden and ArtWorks for Freedom, presents the exhibition: After the Fact | Borderless Captivity. You are cordially invited to attend a presentation and viewing of the exhibition on November 1. The exhibition will also be open for general public on November 8 and 15. Please see registration links further down.

As part of this month’s ArtWorks for Freedom human trafficking awareness campaign in Washington D.C., the Embassy of Sweden presents three different vantage points on contemporary slavery. Ann-Sofi Sidén is one of Sweden’s foremost contemporary artists, whose work to document the stories of women trafficked along the borders of Western Europe led to a series of video installations and photogravures. Kay Chernush is an award-winning American photographer who captured powerful images of victims on assignment in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and was moved to devote her life to raising awareness of this issue. Prum Vannak, a Cambodian survivor of modern day slavery, shares his story in vivid drawings.

Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 
Presentation and viewing of: After the Fact | Borderless Captivity.
The discussion will focus on the different vantage points of the artists to raise awareness of the world-wide prevalence of human trafficking and the pressing need to combat it.


Viewing with curator Anita Alvin Nilert


Ann-Sofi Sidén (Sweden) The video, "Diary Entries” is one channel of the artist’s seminal work, “Warte Mal!”, 1999 a 13 channel video installation which revolves around the lives of those exposed to eastern european trafficking along the German/Czech border after the Velvet Revolution. Exhibited in major art institutions in Austria, France, Germany and the UK, “Warte Mal!” is in the collections of the Modern Museum of Athens and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. This is the first time a part of the work will be on view in the US. “After the Fact”, 2007, is a series of photogravures based on a 6 channel video installation, “In passing”, in which we follow a young woman who anonymously leaves her baby in a hatch at a Berlin hospital, addressing desperation, fears of abandonment, empathy and our value as human beings. Ann-Sofi Sidén is one of Sweden’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists.

Kay Chernush (USA) “Borderless Captivity” is a series of documentary photographs taken while on assignment for the U.S. State Department and anti-trafficking NGOs in Thailand, India, Ghana, and Brazil. The collection includes close-up portraits, scenes of child labor, images of survivors of sexual exploitation, and hazy landscapes of slave labor. These global assignments motivated Chernush to start ArtWorks for Freedom and commit her life to raising awareness of these crimes against humanity.

Prum Vannak (Cambodia) Self-taught artist Vannak’s intricate and colorful drawings tell the story of his four years enslaved first on a Thai fishing boat and subsequently on a Malaysian palm oil plantation. After an NGO helped him return to his family, he told his story through his drawings and texts, which comprise the foundation for his upcoming book, The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea: A Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery (pub date: Jan 2018). 

Anita Alvin Nilert (Sweden/USA) Curator–  Founder and Curator of the Art Dialogues series for the Health and Human Rights Initiative of the O’Neill Center for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University’s Center. Anita is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, with an MBA from Columbia University and speaks 7 languages. With a substantial career in the international contemporary art world she is now dedicated to bringing art for human rights to a wider audience to contribute to meaningful change.

Event Information
When: Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (presentation and viewing). Open for general public Nov 8 and 15, noon-2:00 pm.
Where: Delegation of the European Union to the United States, 2175 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037, (Entrance on 22nd Street)

The event is free, but reservation is required.