Week 10: Workbook

“The Golden Doors To Freedom”

This art series is created by a community lead by the need for freedom for those in the human trafficking chain. this community converts discarded wooden doors into “freedom portals.”

After applying 23k gold leaf to the doors, participants will write, stencil, draw, scratch, burnish and embellish them with their own expressions about trafficking.

“The Golden Doors to Freedom” provides a tangible way to bring people into the art-making process. Taking a battered old door and turning it into a beautiful work of art tells us about our own capacity to change perceptions and create empathy in the place of indifference.  The group process concretizes individual survivor stories and the finished Doors provide a powerful public and visual representation of the commitment to eradicate human trafficking.

By creating freedom portals, survivors and allies together become a force for social change.


“The Red Sand Project”

The Red Sand Project draws awareness to modern-day slavery, human trafficking, by getting participants to fill in sidewalk cracks with red sand or other similar materials.

this “creates opportunities for people to question, to connect and to take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation” as people in the Human Trafficking trade are often over-looked, this is a reason for people to notice.

“These interventions remind us that we can’t merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities — those who fall through the metaphoric cracks. The simple act of placing sand in a crack or posting a photo on social media may seem inconsequential, but small actions can help raise awareness of the issues facing those who are overlooked.”

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I think that these two ideas could be very good to explore as they both have deeper meanings related back to my study topic.


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That not all trafficked people are females, this will affect my work because it could portray a different message to different people depending on the figure I use in my work.

“The UNODC estimates that women and girls account for about 80% of the detected human trafficking victims, which means that around 20% of victims are males. In some countries, women and girls are the minority. For instance, in Afghanistan, coastal Sri Lanka, and Mexico, boys are more vulnerable than girls to be subjected to prostitution.3″ 

The United States State Department. (2013). Male Trafficking Victims. http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/fs/2013/211624.htm

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Common things shown through this awarness artwork:

  • Children
  • Females
  • Being sold/ a product
  • Dull/ dark colouring
  • Some form of male domination present
  • Eyes



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