ENSLAVED, A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery documents the lives endured by slaves and celebrates the freedom they never dreamed possible. ENSLAVED is a powerful statement about one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. The images capture the experience of a moment lived in slavery, allowing the viewer to peek into the lives of those who are ENSLAVED. What we see are two undeniable truths – the extreme brutality of the situation, and the resilience of the human spirit. The exhibition portrays survivors who are now rebuilding their lives and helping others to freedom.
ENSLAVED shows how 27 million people are currently trapped as slaves. In fact, there are more slaves than at any other time in human history. Slaves are forced to work in brothels, factories, mines, farm fields, restaurants, construction sites and in homes. These people, more than half of them women and children, are paid nothing, they toil under threat of violence and are unable to walk away. That’s the bad news. The good news is also documented in the searing images. The percentage of people enslaved on the planet is the smallest ever and it is possible to end slavery in our lifetime.
The exhibition ENSLAVED, A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery engages awareness and offers specific, doable and effective ways for people to help make sustainable change to eradicate slavery forever.
From the sweltering brick kilns to the rickety mine shafts, acclaimed photographer Lisa Kristine risked her safety and health to photograph the brutality of slavery today. Kristine documented the work of Free the Slaves in three of the countries where the organization works on the frontlines of modern day slavery. Free the Slaves works around the world with the powerful and the powerless, helping people to freedom and taking on the systems that allow slavery to exist. The group identifies real-world solutions and implements those solutions, documenting the impact so that it can be replicated and so that the stories of survivors can inspire others to action. The mission of Free the Slaves is to eradicate slavery in our lifetime.
ENSLAVED is created to inspire sustainable change at a local, national, and global level through education with visual story telling accompanied by information and curriculum on slavery today. Learn more about the ENSLAVED Exhibitions.
“Look at the faces in Lisa Kristine’s photographs: people forced to do backbreaking work and endure mind-numbing pain. Then look closer. We see the hope that is often beaten and buried but almost never beyond reach. Lisa Kristine’s images grab the heart”