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Watergate Gallery presents “Reclaiming Freedom”

Watergate Gallery presents “Reclaiming Freedom”

September 25 – November 4, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, Oct 7,  5-8pm
      
      Meet the Artists: Performance and spoken words
October 17th  6-8pm

 This exhibition is part of the city-wide events organized by the non-profit organization  ARTWORKS FOR FREEDOM dedicated to raising  awareness and inspiring action on human trafficking  in the Washington DC metro area and all around the world.

Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom, A Call and Response, is an exhibition 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.

Participating artists and poets include:   
Oletha DeVane and Efia Dalili
Elisa Wiarda and Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Tim Davis and Carol Beane
Jeremy Kunkel and Danielle Badra
Steve Skowron and Rod Smith
Susan Main and Elizabeth Halper
Cheryl Edwards and Fred Joiner
Jessica Kallista and Jennifer Atkinson
Kay Chernush and Mel Nichols
Schroeder Cherry and Thomas Estler
Julie Wills and AmaranthBorsuk
Helen Zughaib and Zein El-Amine
Margo Neuhaus and Anne Dykers
Shanti Norris and Sarah Browning
Elizabeth Board and Lisa Short
Carien Quiroga and Holly Mason
Nehemiah Dixon lll and Tsedaye Makonnen