The exhibition is accessible to a public of all ages. However, as the subject of human trafficking is a sensitive one, the works on display may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.
These situations were staged as part of the exhibition Unveiling the Invisible - Reversing Appearances. The subjects photographed are models. Any resemblance with a real situation or person would only be the result of chance.
This exhibition features nine concepts revealing the hidden sides of human trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation, as well as the sharing of images on social networks.
To discover the reality behind the appearances, you are invited to take part in this digital exhibition. The Beacon of the Freed has developed Unveiling the Invisible - Reversing Appearances in order to make you more aware of the different forms of human trafficking: these realities exist in Quebec, they are clandestine and it is important to act collectively.
In Canada, more than 70% of trafficking victims are Canadian (UNODC, 2016).
According to Statistics Canada (2018):
95% of victims are women
72% of victims are under 25 years old
HOW IT WORKS
The exhibition will take place as follows:
1. A short situational setting in relation to the images you are about to see.
2. An image showing a specific situation as you would see it at first glance. Then, by clicking on the arrow to the right of the image, a new image, this time showing the invisible side of the situation, will be revealed to you.
3. Afterwards, you will be presented with a short testimonial from a victim, as well as a brief explanation of what you have just seen.
During the exhibition, to continue to a new concept, click on this icon:
If you have a cellphone or any other device, the exhibition has the same elements as the website version.
N.B: To start the exhibition, click on Start Exhibition at the bottom of the page.
Volunteers: models and translators
Contributors: Abaka, Le Coffret, Print2Infinity
Ideation: Four concepts with CALACS West Island of Montreal
Photographer*: Simon Laroche
*For ethical or technical reasons, the first pictures of the 2 following concepts come from image banks: "Behind the door is hidden...", "Under the promises of a better life" and "Beyond what is announced".