Gallery Openings and Events

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Presents Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking

Counting by Kay Chernush. Courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.

Counting by Kay Chernush. Courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Friday, January 9 from 7pm to 9pm

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This January, in collaboration with ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use the power of art in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery presents Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking, featuring photography by Kay Chernush and an installation by Barbara Liotta. In this eye-opening exhibition, the artists hope to transform public attitudes, inspire anti-trafficking action, and give voice to survivors. The aesthetic allure of Chernush’s striking images draws the viewer in; each layered, constructed image reveals the story of a survivor of human trafficking.

Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking will be open from January 9 – March 7, 2015. There will be an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, February 7 at 3:30pm. And on Thursday, February 19 at 6:30pm, welcome actress, writer, Butoh dancer, and choreographer Dawn Saito as she performs an excerpt from “Suns are Suns,” her multidisciplinary theatre piece about a trafficked woman.

All artwork will be available for sale during the exhibition, with proceeds supporting the artists, ArtWorks for Freedom, and Smith Center’s cancer support programs.

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street NW. For more information call 202.483.8600 or visit www.smithcenter.org.

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