December 3, 2019
A multi-media art installation on human trafficking prevention. This exhibition is designed specifically for display within the temporary gallery of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Cincinnati sits on one of the worst highways for trafficking, I-75. This interstate runs completely north to south which makes it easier for traffickers to transport their slaves. Most people aren't aware of the practical knowledge that could help prevent and possibly help save the victims. This exhibit is designed to evoke an empathetic link to practical knowledge, give people the opportunity to fight against this atrocity, as well as give the survivors a platform to share their art and/or knowledge.
Christine Marque is a local filmmaker and artist from the Cincinnati area. She’s spent the last few years finding her voice as an artist and working with multitude of organizations within film industry. She’s worked on projects that involve social justice causes. Marque also created films for organizations such as MomsHope, Necco, Back2Back, BGCGC, and the Northern Kentucky Children's Home.
Motel X is an interactive motel for guests to explore. As they walk through the motel door, through the room, guests encounter the story of a teenage girl forced into sex slavery by human traffickers. Exiting the room and entering the bathroom, guests are introduced to an immigrant worker inadvertently caught up in trafficking humans. Throughout the exhibition clues reveal warning signs, statistics and actions that can help combat human trafficking. Interactive clues include audio tracks, dressers with items of clothing that reveal information when moved and a bedside Bible that, when opened, reveals stark facts about human trafficking. As guests exit the bathroom, they enter a gallery that will feature artwork from local survivors.
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