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

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    Bench 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

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 by founding ArtWorks for Freedom. Prum Vannak, a Cambodian survivor of modern day slavery, shares his story in vivid drawings.

Ann-Sofi Sidén (Sweden) The video "Diary Entries” is part of the artist’s seminal work, “Warte Mal!” (1999), a 13-channel   video installation exploring the lives of those exposed to Eastern European trafficking along the German/Czech border. “After the Fact” (2007) follows a young woman who anonymously leaves her baby in a hatch   at a Berlin hospital through the eyes of those involved: the nurses, the baby, and the mother. What would cause someone to do this? What impact does this abandonment have on the others involved?

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

WHEN: Open for general public Nov 8 and 15, noon-2:00 pm
WHERE: EU Delegation