I am a visual artist in my final year at the Royal College of Art, London. I am currently enrolled on the Visual Communication MA, with Illustration as my pathway.
My final year project has been focused on the theme of the slave trade in Zanzibar in the 1800’s. The capital Stone Town was host to one of the world’s last open slave markets, presided over by traders until it was shut down by the British in 1873. The slaves were shipped here in dhows from the mainland, crammed so tightly that many fell ill and died or were thrown overboard. after slavery was abolished, many traders continued there business using the hidden caves along the coastline.
Slavery is tragic and inhumane, and yet horrifyingly, still to this day there are people around the world that are being trafficked and sold for another mans financial benefit and greed.
Modern slavery is a very real and pressing issue. It is happening in all of our communities, yet often it is an unseen crime. Hotels, nail bars, take-aways, car washes as well as in private homes.
The Home Office predicts that in the UK there could be as many as 13,000 victims. Victims of slavery come in all guises. They can be men, women and kids of all ages. They are very vulnerable, and often come from minority and or socially excluded groups.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that:
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”
In my work I hope to look at this subject and create work that responds to this issue in the world around us.
Thank you for your time.