Art Exhibit Shines Light On Human Trafficking

Jul 2, 2014

The issue of human trafficking has come to an art gallery in downtown Ann Arbor. 

Artists Susan Clinthorne and Sally Theilen created the exhibit called "Broken".

Clinthorne says the exhibit was featured at ArtPrize 2013 as Art to Change the World.  ArtPrize had asked for another piece following their exhibit titled "Letters Home" regarding homelessness.

"My sister and I had been on a trip to Indonesia, and we'd witnessed child trafficking, human trafficking, sexual slavery, actually" Clinthorne says.  "We were just appalled, shocked, very naive that this happened, and so it was an easy choice for us."

Clinthorne says human trafficking isn't limited to one country or part of the world - it happens everywhere. 

Some of the pieces - which include a brothel window with bars on the outside, hand-made dolls representing victims of human trafficking, and a mirror with "please help" written in lipstick - are for sale. 

Proceeds will go toward stopping human trafficking. 

"Broken" runs through July 13th at Dancing Dog Gallery, at Fifth and Liberty in Ann Arbor.

For more information on the exhibit, and Dancing Dog Gallery, follow the link below:

http://www.dancingdoggallery.biz/