Human Trafficking - They would not call it slavery, but some other name...
There are more slaves today than at any other point in human history. Every year an estimated 800,000 people are illegally trafficked across international borders. Throughout the world there are 20.9 million people that are victims of forced labour, with approximately 80% women and girls. This work is in remembrance of the millions of people that are sold into slavery throughout the world every year.
School of Communication
MA Visual Communication, 2017
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I am a British/Omani artist interested in the themes of memory, loss, identity, war, the refugee crisis, human rights and the body. Current affairs and social issues in our society constantly thread there way through my creative practice. In my work I use drawing, painting, printmaking, film and animation to express my thoughts about these human problems.
One of the main ways I try and understand the world we live in is through the handmade mark. Experimental mark making has always played an important role in my artistic practice, as it constantly challenges me to convey my thoughts and feelings about a variety of issues that resonate with me. Trauma, violence and mans inhumanity to man are conveyed and interrogated through each selected mark, proving to be an effective way of visually communicating the darker aspects of our society, that which we often try and sweep under the carpet.
The body throughout history has been owned, bought, sold, mistreated and violated, and the images I make are an attempt to create awareness and remembrance of the numerous disposable people that continue to be abused throughout the world.
A year ago I traveled to the historic island of Zanzibar on the Gordon Peter Pickard travel bursary. This proved to be a very poignant experience as my paternal family has numerous links to the Island. I used the trip to research the history of the slave trade in East Africa. This consequently led me to delve into the area of modern day slavery and human trafficking.
I started by looking at Article 4 of the universal declaration of human rights, as I find it tragic and ironic that since its creation in 1948, across all borders, countries and races, still to this day we are greedily profiting from the sale and purchase of the human body.
- BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Illustration pathway, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, 2014
- Omani Society for Fine Arts, solo show, Muscat, 2006; Omani society for Fine Arts, solo show, Muscat, 2008; Bait Zubair, Charity auction, Muscat, 2008; Islamophobia Awareness exhibition: Blueprint gallery space, London, 2013; Central Saint Martins WIP show, Blackall studios, Shoreditch, 2014; Central Saint Martins BA degree show, CSM, London, 2014; The Sultans School art auction, Muscat, 2015; Two pages exhibition, London, 2016; The Other, feminist exhibition, Darwin, RCA, London, 2016; Ridley Road Records, Doomed Gallery, Dalston, 2016; RDP symposium/show, Darwin, RCA, London, 2016; DRAW show, Hockney Gallery RCA, London, 2017
- Gordon Peter Pickard, travel award, 2016