Missing Explores girl Trafficking

first_imgIt is a shocking reality that there are 3 million sex workers in India, with 1.2 million of them being young girls. The average age of recruitment of girls into prostitution is between nine and twelve years. In order to counter this alarming fact, veteran photographer and installation artist Leena Kejriwal launched a public art project Missing at The Eros Hotel in the national Capital on Wednesday.Missing creates a series of larger-than-life black silhouettes of young girls, placed against the urban skyline. Constructed from iron sheets, forged and painted pitch black, they seem like sharp, black holes cut out of the sky – holes into which metaphorically millions of girls disappear from the face of the earth. The artwork is supplemented with an augmented reality app, that allows anyone with a smart phone to engage with the installations and become a part of the project. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kejriwal said, “I am involved with the issue of sexual trafficking for the past 12 years, having worked closely with various activists in the field. The staggering number of missing girls and impunity of law drove me to launch this project, which will educate the masses on the magnitude of the issue, in an emotional and informative way.”The Missing project aimed to raise awareness amongst millions of girls who are being trafficked into prostitution and this project will enable these girls to go back to school and hence have a better future.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRuchira Gupta (Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide and adviser to the US government, on human trafficking) says, “Missing urges people to think about the girls who are pulled into prostitution. The Missing silhouettes simulate a call for action, by raising awareness.” Curator Shaheen Merali enunciates, “The work of artist Leena Kejriwal is part of a greater body of work undertaken by artists in the global context, where artists combine their skills to enable a wider society to communicate.Kejriwal’s belief in the cause, along with an overwhelming public response, motivated her to take this project forward. After Delhi, Missing will move to Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Dhanbad, and Ahmedabad.last_img