Some time ago I saw a documentary called "Born Into Brothels", its about a photographer who tries to teach some children on the red light district the art of photography. She struggles to find a way to change the ultimate outcome of the children becoming prostitues themselves. Being a parent myself, this documentary moved me into action. After searching around, I came accross this film company called Priority Films. Ive been doing some pro-bono work for them since, anything I can do for them-graphics, UN materials, etc.. They are working on a project called The K11 project, trying to expose the Cambodian child trafficking, prostitution and exploitation.
According to the UN, over two million children, some under the age of five,
are trafficked and sold to prostitution each year.
Not only in cambodia, but throughout the world...some as close as Canada. Undoubtedly, it happens in the US as well. (Google: child prostitution)
Priority Films have started a campaign called The Red Light Children Campaign, visit them if you get anything out of this post, I hope that this link goes into your bookmarks.
Ok then, to the art portion of the post...aside my "real" work and the fun n games at the challenge arena here, I have decided to start a series of paintings depicting the psychological pain and emotional suffering that a child in that situation may encounter. I want to place the viewer in the eyes of the child, I want to sit them in the room before and after the abuse,rape, torture has happened. I want the pain to jump off the canvas right into their hearts. I want the first words to come out of their mouths to be something on the lines of "SWEET MOTHER OF GOD, WHAT IS THIS?" or "WHY" even "WTF", because that would encourage a viewer to find out more on the subject. It could also send them on the other direction, which is my concern...hopefully the website address at the bottom of the painting would encourage otherwise.
But where does one draw the line between making a statement and creating shocking work? is there a boundary between them or does the shocking part come naturally after the statement?
I got this idea from the fact that my monetary situation is limited to a budget, but my talents are not. And although Im still growing as an artist, I intend to make and leave a mark somewhere somehow on this subject matter which I feel so strongly for.
anyone else feel that way or is it just me? anyone care?