Watergate Gallery Presents Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom, A Call and Response Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on October 2, 2017

Sat, 07 October 2017 - Sat, 04 November 2017

Image credits: Julie Wills and Amaranth Borsuk; Jessica Kallista and Jennifer Atkinson; Helen Zughaib and Zein El-Amine; Schroeder Cherry and Thomas Estler; Shanti Norris and Sarah Browning; Steven Skowron and Rod Smith.
Opening: Saturday, October 7 from 5pm to 8pm

Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom, A Call and Response, is an exhibition running from September 25 to November 4, 2017 that is a collaborative exchange for poets and artists. Curated by noted artist Helen Frederick the call and response invites writers and visual artists to participate, assigning one to call and one to respond. The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other, demonstrating the interplay of artistic media, and speaking of our times.

This exhibition theme: Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom, resources the finding of residual words and visual images that persist after a trauma that changes lives, including victims of modern slavery, immigrants and refugees at risk, and all those who have suffered loss of their freedom due to trafficking.

Human trafficking is a global criminal enterprise affecting millions of men, women and children. It exists in every country and in many guises, fueled by extreme poverty, cultural norms that devalue and commodify women and children in particular, and also by a seemingly insatiable demand for exploitive sex and cheap labor. According to recent estimates, the buying and selling of human beings is a $150 billion-dollar annual business. The profits are high and the risks low. It is also one of the biggest violations of human rights in the world.

Artists and Poets featured in the exhibition include Oletha DeVane and Efia Dalili, Elisa Wiarda and Sweta Srivastava Vikram, Tim Davis and Carol Beane, Jeremy Kunkel and Danielle Badra, Susan Main and Elizabeth Halper, Steve Skowron and Rod Smith, Helen Zughaib and Zein El-Amine, Jessica Kallista and Jennifer Atkinson, Julie Wills and Amaranth Borsuk, Schroeder Cherry and Thomas Estler, Cheryl Edwards and Fred Joiner, Margot Neuhaus and Anne Dykers, Shanti Norris and Sarah Browning, Nehemiah Dixon III and Tsedaye Makonnen, Carien Quiroga and Holly Mason, Elizabeth Board and Lisa Short, and Martin Swift and Mel Nichols.

The exhibition is part of ArtWorks for Freedom | ACTION DC! a city-wide arts festival to raise awareness of human trafficking throughout the Washington, D.C. region. ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit organization working nationally and internationally, uses all forms of artistic expression to inspire individual and community actions in the fight to end human trafficking. ACTION DC! will feature exhibits, films, dance, theatre, spoken word, participatory arts events and community conversations throughout October and November. See artworksforfreedom.org for more details.

Exhibition and Auxiliary Programs:

  • October 7th –Opening Reception at the * Watergate Gallery, 5-8pm
  • October 8th – Readings and Visual Artists Presentations at *Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Street, 5-7pm
  • October 9th – Readings and Visual Artists Presentations at *Busboys and Poets, Takoma Park, 235 Carroll Street, 5-7pm
  • October 17th – Artists’ and Poets’ Talk at the Watergate Gallery, 6pm

*Spoken words by the poets with visual elements projected will be presented at a Busboys and Poets location.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 12pm to 5pm

Watergate Gallery is located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW. For more information contact Dale Johnson, Director, Watergate Gallery, watergategalleryframedesign@verizon.net. Visit www.watergategalleryframedesign.com or call 202.338.4488.