Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery

Larry Price
Image Credit: Larry C. Price
September 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andy Johnson, Director
gallery102@gwu.edu

BEARING WITNESS: VISUALIZING MODERN SLAVERY
SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Gallery 102 is proud to present Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery. The exhibition is mounted in conjunction with ArtWorks for Freedom's initiative ACTION DC! to bring awareness to human trafficking and modern day slavery, which remain critical issues in our increasingly globalized society. Bearing Witness combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, collages, video, and installations to provide a snapshot of this global human rights atrocity. Modern slavery of all types permeates the global economy. Whether taking the form of forced labor in Singapore, child labor in Indonesia and Burkina Faso, or trafficking of women, girls, and boys in the commercial sex industry throughout the United States, this crisis is a reality that most of us never want to acknowledge.
 
In partnership with ArtWorks for Freedom and FAIR Girls, Bearing Witness and Gallery 102 join a diverse group of individuals and organizations this fall bringing awareness to the issue of human trafficking both at home and abroad. While the subject matter of works on view can be difficult to stomach, they point to a collective need to bear witness. Through this imperative, Bearing Witness and ACTION DC! seek to inspire action to put an end to this tragedy.

Exhibiting artists include: Hetty BaizXyza Cruz BacaniLarry C. PriceMolly GochmanMary Ann SchindlerFAIR Girls, and survivors.

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS

- Friday, September 29, 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Join Gallery 102, ArtWorks for Freedom, and FAIR Girls for the opening reception of Bearing Witness. The reception is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

- Wednesday October 11, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Gallery 102, in partnership with the Red Sand Project, will hold a public project inviting passersby to participate by pouring red sand into the cracks of the sidewalks. The gesture points to those who have fallen through the cracks, illuminating the communities most vulnerable to the crisis of human trafficking. To learn more about the project, click here.

- Wednesday, October 11,  6:30 - 7:00 pm: The theatre programs from Georgetown and GW will present a collaborative performance piece entitled "Once Invisible." The performance is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

- Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm: We will conclude the month-long exhibition with an artist talk featuring Maurice Middleberg, Executive Director of Free the Slaves; Andrea Powell, Executive Director & Co-Founder of FAIR Girls; Xyza Cruz Bacani; and others. To RSVP, click here.

To see a complete listing of events for the ACTION DC! Initiative sponsored by ArtWorks for Freedom, visit their website here.

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PARTNERS

ArtWorks for Freedom uses the power of art to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Working locally and globally and engaging art in all its forms, we are transforming public perceptions, educating individuals, communities and policy makers, and inspiring action to put an end to modern day slavery. We galvanize community-based awareness and public education campaigns that combine exhibits, performances, film series, lectures and creative opportunities for dialogue to draw attention to human trafficking and to empower individuals and communities to be part of the solution to this human rights tragedy. www.artworksforfreedom.org

FAIR Girls ends human trafficking, one girl at a time. http://www.fairgirls.org/

T
he Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through our sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities. http://pulitzercenter.org 

ARTISTS

Xyza Cruz Bacani is a Filipina Street and Documentary Photographer who has been featured in New York Times Lens Blog, CNN and various international media publications not only for her excellence in photography but also for her inspirational story. Xyza is one of the PDN’s Emerging Photographer 2017, BBC’s 100 Women of the World 2015, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2o16, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016, and a Fujifilm Ambassador. She is represented by Redux Pictures in New York City and is a Resident Artist at Soul of Art HK with Jane Starlet. The series "Singapore Runaways" is funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC. www.xyzacruzbacani.com

Hetty Baiz is a visual artist who works in mixed media. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including venues in China, Tibet, Dubai, Australia and France. She was selected for the Incheon International Women Artists Biennale and her most recent solo exhibit, Nonhuman Animals: Eat, Test, Love, was featured at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in conjunction with a symposium led by animal rights ethicist Peter Singer. Hetty received a BFA from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University. www.hettybaiz.com

Molly Gochman is a NYC-based conceptual artist and activist whose work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her sculptures, photographs, sound works, installations and earthworks often incorporate participatory elements to prompt questioning, welcoming community connection and exchange in both intimate and public spaces. A Texas native, Ms. Gochman earned her B.F.A. from Guilford College in North Carolina. www.mollygochman.com

Larry C. Price is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. During his career, Larry has worked for some of North America’s largest newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Denver Post. As a photographer at The Star-Telegram, Larry won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography for his coverage of the 1980 coup in Liberia. He won a second Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1985 for The Philadelphia Inquirer with a portfolio documenting civil wars in Angola and El Salvador. The photographs on view are supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. www.larrycprice.com

Always drawn to the creative process, Mary Ann Schindler started taking formal art instruction in grammar school. After graduating college, she worked as a commercial artist, illustrator, and art director, and in 1982 went into business for herself. After moving from the DC metro area to the Eastern Shore in 1999, she returned to non-commercial art on a full-time basis. Her most recent solo show, “Totems and Touchstones” was exhibited at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. www.schindlerart.com

The Survivors Quilt displayed in the gallery represents the voices and experiences of those who were once enslaved -­ survivors of exploitive migrant labor trafficking, sex trafficking and abusive domestic servitude. With colorful fabric, paint, sequins, threads, markers and scissors, they have tapped into their own creativity with many defiant acts of truth-telling.

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Gallery 102
Gallery 102 and the Student Exhibitions Committee (SEC) is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The SEC consists of GW & Corcoran students -- undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians -- who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout GW's campus and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions. 
                            

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