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Survivors’ Voices, Stories and Images: A Public Exhibition and Discussion

5:00pm - 7:30pm / Thursday 17th March 2022
Type: Exhibition / Category: Research / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
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Exhibition: 14th-18th March (attendance is free and no registration required)
Discussion: 17th March 5-7.30pm (attendance is free however, please register via the Eventbrite link provided)

Join survivor leaders and activists from Azadi and researchers from the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab for an exhibition of photography produced by survivors of human trafficking as part of the project Survivors' Voices, Stories, and Images: Survivor-Led Empowerment Through Ethical Story-Telling and Participatory Photography in Kenya. Together in person for the first time, project activists and researchers will discuss their participatory and collaborative ethos and the process through which they developed and conducted workshops with survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking in Kenya designed to amplify their voices and empower them to become survivor leaders in the anti-trafficking movement.

Hosted by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS), this exhibition offers survivors the opportunity to share their words, images, and experiences with an international audience.

Dr Helen McCabe will talk about the inception of the project and its development, and founder of Azadi, Sophie Otiende, will talk about the organisation’s inception, their values, and their work. She will discuss the planning and implementation of workshops, most of which were conducted during lockdown in 2020, that used participatory photography and ethical storytelling to empower and build the capacity of survivors of human trafficking. Survivors who participated in the workshops in Kenya will also talk about their experiences of the project and the impact it has had.

As well as photographs, the exhibition will feature the mixed media video “Ndoto Zetu (Our Dreams).” Written, directed, and shot by survivors with film and animation director Ng'endo Mukii, the video presents a poem based on survivors’ statements about their dreams for the future.
There will also be a screening of the music video for “Africa Nalia” written by musician, artist, queer activist, and survivor leader Shivanah. The song celebrates the beauty of Africa and addresses the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking, raising awareness and calling for freedom for all.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

The exhibition will be open 14th – 18th March and we encourage people to visit before the event.

For more information, please contact Dr Lauren Eglen at lauren.eglen1@nottingham.ac.uk