Project HARTwork is an international network of artists and supporters working together to end human trafficking. We host a variety of events designed to start conversations about human trafficking issues locally, nationally, and globally. Through our events, exhibits and sale of art we provide opportunities to learn and talk about human trafficking while appreciating and supporting local talent and artists from around the world.
Silas Adelanke Adeoye – Lagos,Nigeria
“My goal is to present paintings that will promote love and freedom, condemning man’s injustice to man. I live close to Nigeria – Benin Boarder, I see how children are being smuggled into the country for cheap labor every day.” Trafficked Nigerian women and children are recruited from rural areas within the country’s borders − women and girls for involuntary domestic servitude and sexual exploitation, and boys for forced labor in street vending, domestic servitude, mining, and begging.
Duc and Nhung – Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the top source countries for human trafficking victims in Asia and in Europe, Duc and Nhung are helping to change that. The couple owns a gallery in Hanoi where they display their vibrant work. “My art work is about life in Vietnam, landscapes, people where the people try very hard to live and save the life after so many wars,” says Nhung, “with my art, I hope to eliminate the sorrow in the world caused by human trafficking.”
Ba Djibril Ngawa – Nouakchott, Mauritania
In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to officially abolish slavery. It took another 26 years for its government to pass a law enforcing abolition. At Project HARTwork, we believe that art is the antithesis of slavery. “My art is freedom of creation, expression and an invitation to a permanent and endless journey of learning depicting, discovering the invisible and trying to understand the unknown, the mystic.”