Trafficking in persons has become one of the fastest growing businesses of organised crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, says the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Nepal, which was until recently a source country for traffickers, has now evolved into a transit as well as destination for women and children who are forced to leave their homes.
While there are so many things being done to raise awareness among the people, who are at risk of being trafficked, not many use the arts to explore female exploitation to give a face to the heinous crime and to turn women and girls into artists and storytellers, transforming their personal narratives from victims or bystanders into advocates for a positive future.
The True Stories Project, a collaborative initiative between the Oakland-based organisation Art Works for Change (AWFC) and the Siddhartha Arts Foundation, being exhibited at the Patan Museum is using the medium of art to do just that. In addition to the personal narratives, the project’s exhibition features works of art by prominent artists on the issue of human trafficking and exploitation.
Ang Tsherin Sherpa
Images courtesy: Siddhartha Art Foundation. The exhibition, part of the events marking the 70th anniversary of US-Nepal bilateral ties, is on till July 31.