Transmission Lifelines: Modern Slavery, Freedom and the ‘Waiting Place’

1st Jun 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Creative Edge

Despite the continuous increase of trafficking in the UK, there is limited understanding of the experiences and circumstances of trafficked individuals. Existing studies with this population tend to reduce trafficked people’s multidimensional experiences to health issues.

By classifying individuals as a function of conditions experienced due to trafficking, our understanding of the complex realities faced by them is restricted. There is a need to establish the adverse health outcomes which follow trafficking, as well as a need for a more balanced and comprehensive representation of trafficked people’s realities. This requires the consideration of individuals’ strengths as well as their areas of difficulties.

With a view to addressing this gap in current understanding, this exhibition presents images created by survivors of trafficking and modern slavery as part of an Arts-based research project, conducted by Gergana Ganeva, Dr Anthony Keating, Dr Peter Leadbetter and Prof. Derek Heim in collaboration with City Hearts Liverpool.

These visual findings, accompanied by poems and captions from participants’ narratives, are a reflection of how trafficked people chose to represent themselves as part of an ongoing study. The images offer new insights of participants’ sense of self and resilience that include emotive and aesthetic qualities, illuminating the process of integration and better visions for well-being, rehabilitation, freedom and equality post-trafficking identification.

The exhibition will run from 17th May to 9th June, to promote a connection to themes and issues deemed significant for trafficked people.


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