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Look At Me Now And Here I Am

'Look At Me Now And Here I Am', my exhibition based on my time in Cambodia, has recently finished its run at the Millenium Court Arts Centre. It has been a great success, with many postive comments and converstaions initiated about issues relating to human trafficking - both locally and internationally.

Entrance to photographic exhibition

Portraits of young women rescued from human trafficking

Photographs created by the young women during photo workshop sessions

Cubicle in which video piece was shown

Poem found on wall inside rape cubicle in Cambodia

Video on display inside cubicleAccompanying the video was a piece of text which describe what was being communicated. It describes succintly and accurately what the project was about. This is what it said...

The artist interviewed six young women who had been trafficked into the sex trade in Cambodia as children and are now living under the care of Ratanak International. Esther, Amuy, Miya, Kan Nga, Soriya and Srey Pouv are their chosen names.

In the interviews the women express enthusiasm for photography and talk about their aspirations; to reintegrate into society, have families, jobs, to prevent others from having similar experiences and to have “happiness without bad things happening”. Two hope to become doctors, another a designer and an aid worker, one a photographer and the last, a dancer.

“When I hold the camera it makes me have a lot of dreams”

“My dream is I want to live by own two feet and I want to be a professional dancer”

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