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Sean Penn
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:48pm

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5pm, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Think Act Change NYC invite you to an NYC premiere film screening and panel discussion spotlighting a number of amazing artists who have found ways to use their creative talents to work with the people of Haiti in ways that sustainably enrich the lives of everyone involved.

The Canadian documentary HAITI UNTOLD (76', English), directed by Isabelle Depelteau and Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journeys of actor Sean Penn (founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization), designers Donna Karan (DKNY, Haiti Artisan Project) and Joey Adler (Diesel Canada) and others who have put their heads and hearts to the task of affecting radical change in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Following the screenings, we'll circle up with Architects Magali Regis and Burtland Granvil of HIBISCUS(Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities), and with Anna Zastrow who has worked in Haiti with Clowns Without Borders, Bond Street Theatre, and FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to learn how they have put their own creative talents to work in partnership with the people of Haiti.

They will respond to the film, take questions, update us on current conditions, and discuss some of the organizations working for the betterment of Haiti.

The screening is $10. Tickets are available online. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.

HAITI UNTOLD provides an unusual counter point-of-view on what is really happening in the country, looking beyond the ethos of fast-food journalism, which seems at times to feed exclusively on tragedies to scandals while skipping over the stories of hope and re-building. Many of us who were moved to give generously in response to the quake, now wonder if all the donations made any difference at all. In fact, while many contributions have failed to find bear fruit, many caring individuals and communities are making a positive impact. 

At Think Act Change NYC events, we focus on how we can change OUR OWN thinking so that we can realize our own limitless capacity to affect change and inspire others to do the same. We bring together individuals who are already creating social change and people looking for ways to get more involved, sparking vital conversations about how to translate passions into projects.

 This film makes it abundantly clear that in order to solve Haiti's humanitarian crisis, its causes must first be truly understood. As the saying goes, we won't solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. For solutions to be effective, we have to commit to working together with the Haitian people to create the infrastructure necessary to implement those solutions and sustain them.

ABOUT OUR PANELISTS

Anna Zastrow is a longtime professional clown and teaching artist and a graduate of the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has worked with street children, trafficking victims and the economically challenged in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sudan. She first went to Haiti in Sept 2010 with Clowns Without Borders, training local volunteers to provide psychosocial relief through theatrical play to children in the tent camps, and creating a performance together that they presented in several of the camps.

She then launched a project with Bond Street Theatre that returned her to Haiti in Feb 2011 and Feb 2012. They worked with several local community groups, but specifically with the women's rights group FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to train them in theater techniques for psychosocial support and to create a performance about rape in the camps as a way to raise awareness and mobilize the community against gender-based violence.  They are planning to continue their engagement in Haiti in 2014-2015.

http://lokahumana.blogspot.com

Magali Régis, AIA, Leed AP, president of HIBISCUS, is a New York-based architect who was born and attended primary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, middle and high school in Rome, Italy, followed by a move to New York where she studied architecture at Pratt Institute. As a world traveler, the cosmopolitan character of New York suited her and she decided to make it her home. She has been practicing architecture for the past 25 years, working at a variety of firms, both large and small, including JGArchitects, Karl Fisher Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects & Meridian Design to name a few, as well as holding her own private practice, e_space design. Her experience includes historic preservation, adaptive reuse, civic buildings, public schools and colleges, high-end residential, retail, hotels and corporate interiors. Magali is also a community gardener and green space activist, working for the past 15 years to preserve New York’s communal green spaces from looming development.

Burtland Granvil is a registered architect of Haitian heritage with over 15 years professional experience both in New York and Haiti.  After the Haiti earthquake of 2010, he immediately flew down to participate in an ATC-20 Assessment Program, going door to door, inspecting buildings to determine their safety. A year later, he relocated to Port-au-Prince to work with Architecture for Humanity, focusing both on new construction and rehabilitating existing structures (mainly schools and clinics). He later joined a local construction company in Haiti as a construction manager. Burt recently returned to New York and currently works at an architectural firm in downtown Manhattan specializing in Educational Projects, who aspire to bring their expertise to Haiti.

NGO SPOTLIGHT

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre’s mission is to promote peace and mutual understanding through the arts.  The company initiates creative programming for conflict resolution and peace-building that reach women, youth, children, educators, refugees, those in prisons and shelters, and other populations in need. Bond Street Theatre creates performances that illustrate important social issues, and uses the arts to educate, inspire, and heal in areas of conflict, poverty and post-war rehabilitation. The company collaborates with local artists to enjoy the benefits of artistic exchange -- to learn, to share, and to explore commonalities and differences, and promote mutual understanding and the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful global future.  

The company has initiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide that improve leadership skills, build self-confidence, stimulate the imagination, and illustrate health and civic issues to audiences of all ages and genders. 90% of all funds go directly to our programs. Bond Street Theatre was voted a Top-Rated Non-Profit in 2012, and receives kudos from publications around the world, including the New York Times, India Times, CNN, Washington Post, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

http://www.bondst.org

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity.

CWB recognizes that our work is made up of small moments. Although small and purely emotional, these moments build upon each other staying with children as they grow and support their incredible resilience. CWB works with relief organizations addressing psycho-social needs of those who suffer from traumatic situations. We are not doctors, psychologists or social-workers, but together with these professionals and community participation we create joyful experiences from which children and their communities thrive.

http://www.clownswithoutborders.org

FAVILEK

Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe (Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) known as FAVILEK is an organization of over 80 women who were victim to political violence during the years of military dictatorship in Haiti that followed the coup d'etat of September 1991. Since 1993, FAVILEK has organized and mobilized for justice and reparations for crimes such as rape, torture, the loss of spouse, child, or parent or imprisonment suffered at the hands of the paramilitary and military. While FAVILEK is pushing forward the legal case against the former members and leaders of the paramilitary and military, it also works to reach out to other women who were victims of political violence across Haiti via their original theater piece "Ochan pou tout fanm yo bliye" (Tribute to all forgotten women). Through dialogue, monologue, movement, drumming and singing, FAVILEK members give graphic descriptions of abuses suffered under military rule, while sharing how they have struggled to come to terms with the aftermath. An especially poignant monologue tells the true-life story of a woman (performed by herself) raising a child conceived by rape. As a grassroots group of women from the poorest areas of Port au Prince, FAVILEK relies on limited resources and the medium of theater to inspire increased activism nationally and internationally to make justice a reality.

http://favilek.interconnection.org

HIBISCUS (Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities)

HIBISCUS' mission is to initiate and develop viable, environmentally-focused projects for urban renewal and rural development in Haiti.  We are committed to addressing economic and social needs by providing innovative, sustainable, and culturally contextual solutions inspired by, in partnership with, and implemented for the benefit of Haiti and its people.

We strongly believe that we can play a crucial role in the rebuilding of Haiti. We have the skills, we have the talent, we have the know-how, and together, we can achieve this.

We are dedicated to providing a 21st century development vision that promotes the use of safe building practices and technology, efficient use of energy, preservation of the environment and management of natural resources in a manner inspired by, in partnership with and implemented for the benefit and in partnership with the Haitian people. Any effort to rebuild Haiti sustainably which does not offer the people of Haiti an alternative way of thinking about its environment is bound to fail and any effort to rebuild Haiti’s built and natural environment which does not put its citizens at the center is also bound to fail. The people component is not only paramount in rebuilding Haiti; it is indeed the foundation of such rebuilding. Clearly, environmental redemption will only occur after thorough examination of social realities which include education, economy, culture, politics , both individually and collectively.

http://www.hibiscus-haiti.org

About J/P Haitian Relief Organization

J/P Haitian Relief Organization was founded by actor Sean Penn in 2010 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. 

Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding communities in the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction effort. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.

http://jphro.org
https://www.facebook.com/JPHRO

About Donna Karan and the Haiti Artisan Project

Through the Haiti Artisan Project, Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Russell James and Nomad Two Worlds have collaborated with designers, artists, photographers and videographers to present the potential of Haiti’s creativity to a wide consumer and design base both nationally and internationally. The project promotes economic development by supporting artists through a program that emphasizes the beauty of their gifts and the wisdom of their culture.

We are committed to Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti.

For me, Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent their tomorrow. The journey of my two worlds – design and philanthropy – picks up in Haiti. Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen and the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe. As an American designer and businesswoman, I have a good sense of what makes a product desirable to the western consumer. My trip to Haiti was in follow-up to a previous visit with the Clinton Foundation which focused on the opportunities for creative business development. This trip was about working with the creative communities and helping them in anyway I could. Haiti brings out every emotion you have – despair, compassion, love and hope – as well as the excitement of what’s possible with some heartfelt connection and creative collaboration.

To read the complete blog entries from my trip to Haiti, go to: Urban Zen

— Donna Karan, Donna's Journal

http://www.urbanzen.org/haiti-artisan-project/

Haiti Untold web siteWatch trailerJ/P Haitian Relief Organization

March 20148 5 pm
ACIM
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:17pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 9:
The Gifts of the Kingdom
Based on Chapter 7 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Mar 9
Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

February 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
Guest Event
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:17pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 9:
The Gifts of the Kingdom
Based on Chapter 7 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Mar 9
Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

February 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
Jon Mundy
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:17pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 9:
The Gifts of the Kingdom
Based on Chapter 7 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Mar 9
Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

February 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
A Course in Miracles
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:17pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 9:
The Gifts of the Kingdom
Based on Chapter 7 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Mar 9
Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

February 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
Exhibition
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 7:01pm

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is delighted to announce the exhibition of a series of 3rd eye paintings by Marvin Rosenberg. Marvin appears to be peaceful and calm at all times, and he conveys this experience of timeless peace through his paintings. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held Saturday, Feb 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

The spareness of the compositions suggests that the distractions of the world of perception have been largely stripped away, encouraging us to focus on our awareness of our own consciousness. His vivid use of color and the roundness of his subjects' eyes communicate joy and wakeful presence, allowing us to let go of our own thoughts and say yes to bliss. The paintings will remain on view from Feb 8 – March 4, 2014, and you can experience the peace of Marvin in person at his Gentle Yoga classes every Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at CRS.

Artist Statement

"I am trying to express something higher,

some state of intuition, some state of realization,

an atmosphere we can all enter,

of calmness, of wideness.

A place where we can experience the delight of being."  

About Marvin Rosenberg

Marvin Rosenberg was born in New York City.  As a teenager he started to draw and paint. When he was 21, he met a man who greatly influenced the course of his life, named Sam Spanier. Sam was a successful artist who started an ashram based upon the teachings of the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo. It was Sam who introduced Marvin to Yoga and Meditation and encouraged him to continue painting and pursue all the aspects of his being. He studied Modern Dance and choreography, performing and presenting his own work in NYC. He studied Hatha Yoga and was asked to teach a basic yoga class, which became known as Gentle Yoga. He has been teaching gentle yoga for the past 20 years and currently teaches this class at CRS every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Learn moreArtist BlogArtist Web Site

through Mar 20144Daily
Gentle Marvin
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 7:01pm

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is delighted to announce the exhibition of a series of 3rd eye paintings by Marvin Rosenberg. Marvin appears to be peaceful and calm at all times, and he conveys this experience of timeless peace through his paintings. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held Saturday, Feb 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

The spareness of the compositions suggests that the distractions of the world of perception have been largely stripped away, encouraging us to focus on our awareness of our own consciousness. His vivid use of color and the roundness of his subjects' eyes communicate joy and wakeful presence, allowing us to let go of our own thoughts and say yes to bliss. The paintings will remain on view from Feb 8 – March 4, 2014, and you can experience the peace of Marvin in person at his Gentle Yoga classes every Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at CRS.

Artist Statement

"I am trying to express something higher,

some state of intuition, some state of realization,

an atmosphere we can all enter,

of calmness, of wideness.

A place where we can experience the delight of being."  

About Marvin Rosenberg

Marvin Rosenberg was born in New York City.  As a teenager he started to draw and paint. When he was 21, he met a man who greatly influenced the course of his life, named Sam Spanier. Sam was a successful artist who started an ashram based upon the teachings of the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo. It was Sam who introduced Marvin to Yoga and Meditation and encouraged him to continue painting and pursue all the aspects of his being. He studied Modern Dance and choreography, performing and presenting his own work in NYC. He studied Hatha Yoga and was asked to teach a basic yoga class, which became known as Gentle Yoga. He has been teaching gentle yoga for the past 20 years and currently teaches this class at CRS every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Learn moreArtist BlogArtist Web Site

through Mar 20144Daily
CRS Presents
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 7:01pm

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is delighted to announce the exhibition of a series of 3rd eye paintings by Marvin Rosenberg. Marvin appears to be peaceful and calm at all times, and he conveys this experience of timeless peace through his paintings. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held Saturday, Feb 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

The spareness of the compositions suggests that the distractions of the world of perception have been largely stripped away, encouraging us to focus on our awareness of our own consciousness. His vivid use of color and the roundness of his subjects' eyes communicate joy and wakeful presence, allowing us to let go of our own thoughts and say yes to bliss. The paintings will remain on view from Feb 8 – March 4, 2014, and you can experience the peace of Marvin in person at his Gentle Yoga classes every Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at CRS.

Artist Statement

"I am trying to express something higher,

some state of intuition, some state of realization,

an atmosphere we can all enter,

of calmness, of wideness.

A place where we can experience the delight of being."  

About Marvin Rosenberg

Marvin Rosenberg was born in New York City.  As a teenager he started to draw and paint. When he was 21, he met a man who greatly influenced the course of his life, named Sam Spanier. Sam was a successful artist who started an ashram based upon the teachings of the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo. It was Sam who introduced Marvin to Yoga and Meditation and encouraged him to continue painting and pursue all the aspects of his being. He studied Modern Dance and choreography, performing and presenting his own work in NYC. He studied Hatha Yoga and was asked to teach a basic yoga class, which became known as Gentle Yoga. He has been teaching gentle yoga for the past 20 years and currently teaches this class at CRS every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Learn moreArtist BlogArtist Web Site

through Mar 20144Daily
Exhibition
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 8:14pm

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is pleased to present a selection of images and stories from photographer Annie Ling's project AWHERENESS on human trafficking in Romania and Moldova. The exhibition has been arranged to coincide with a free Human Trafficking Awareness Day Program taking place on January 11, 2014 at CRS from 4 – 9 pm featuring two film screenings and a panel discussion. The photographs will remain on view from Jan 11 – 31, 2014.

Please take this opportunity and direct your attention to SocialDocumentary.net, which highlights work by photographers around the world shedding light on the tragedy of trafficking.

Romania and Moldova are beautiful countries with an ugly problem. Every year, thousands of women, men and children are trafficked outside and within the borders for sex and forced labor.

In many cases, children and young adults turn to the streets to escape harsh conditions at overrun orphanages or domestic abuse at home. Those affected by trafficking are often exploited by the ones closest to them: a family member, a partner, a lover. Psychological manipulation, coercion, and physical violence form the basis for a majority of these stories.

Human trafficking is rooted in various systems of oppression. Hearing these stories, it is impossible to understand and address human trafficking without addressing broader socio-economic realities, gender inequality, domestic violence, corruption, racism, and poverty.

AWHERENESS is a collaboration with trafficked survivors to trace their stories and expose the places that enable trafficking. Trafficking is pervasive, making it hard to detect. It takes on many different forms, often in the most mundane places: at home, parks, transportation hubs, cafes, and beyond.

Artist Statement

AWHERENESS the project grew out of conversations and focused research between close friend and collaborator Patricia Chabvepi, a Romanian human rights activist and myself nearly two years ago.

Trafficking in Romania has swelled since 1989, with the end of communism. Upon joining the European Union in 2007, Romania relaxed its border patrol measures, making free flow of both goods and people easier across borders. However, as the country’s economy is also improving, internal trafficking is also gaining traction. The situation is even more critical in Moldova due to the rise of orphanages amidst a struggling economy and lack of employment opportunities in the country. Most people in Moldova want to live and work abroad, which makes the trafficking of human beings a perversely easy endeavor. Moldova is the poorest nation of Europe, with a large percentage of its children growing up in state institutions, not necessarily because they are orphans, but because their parents do not have the means to raise them.

My first exposure to the problem of human trafficking was through a number of awareness raising campaigns, seminars, reports and articles. Being from Romania, Patricia had been aware for years of Romanian young women being tricked into prostitution abroad, but only vaguely considered what this really meant and what exactly drove them to these jobs abroad as "waitresses" and "dancers." During a volunteer opportunity with a New York-based organization that works with victims of domestic abuse, Patricia confronted the reality that domestic abuse and trafficking often go hand in hand.

Human trafficking is a cunning beast that takes on various and evolving forms as result of underlying systems of oppression. Hearing these stories, it is impossible to understand and address human trafficking without addressing the broader socio-economic realities, gender inequality, domestic violence, racism, and poverty.

Trafficking today has a much more ambiguous and deceptive appearance, thus making it harder to expose. What happens now is often done under the cover of legality, with proper paperwork and even some portion of consent. This makes law enforcement particularly difficult, as does corruption.

Trafficking stories are personal. My hope is that these images would invite the viewer to contemplate more deeply the problem of human trafficking and to gain an “awhereness” of the context in which trafficking is born and bred through the personal stories of survivors.

— Annie Ling, http://annielingphoto.com @lingphoto

About Annie Ling

Born in Taipei, Annie is a Canadian artist and documentary photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Select clients include The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, GEO Magazine (Germany), Courrier International (France), FADER Magazine, and New York Magazine.

Her photography has been featured in publications such as PDN Photo Annual, American Photography 27, Magenta Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers, Monthly Photography, and The Forward, among others.

Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. Most recently, her work has been exhibited in Germany (Lumix Photo Festival), South Korea (Gwanju Biennale), Finland (NYPH Awards), Hungary (Budapest Photo Festival), Canada (Magenta Flash Forward), and throughout the USA in Maine, Boston, and currently in New York City ("A Floating Population" at MOCA).

Annie is currently a fellow of Reflexions Masterclass, a laboratory investigating the evolution of the language of visual representation and photography. She is also a recipient of a Director’s Fellowship from The International Center of Photography.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:

New York Photo Festival Award, Honorary Mention, USA
Magenta Flash Forward Winner, Canada/International
American Photography 27, Selected, USA/International
PDN Photo Annual Winner, USA/International
PDN 30 Nominee, USA/International
World Press Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee, Amsterdam
Reflexions Masterclass Nominee/Runner-Up, Italy/Europe
ICP Director’s Fellowship, USA/International

FOLLOW:

For documentary projects, please go to:
www.annielingphoto.com

Facebook Artist Page (news feed):
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Annie-Ling/216525428377122

Follow on Twitter @lingphoto

Annie is available for travel and assignments.
Please contact for details and quotes.

Learn moreArtist BlogArtist Web Site

through Jan 201431Daily
Yoko Kiuchi
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 8:14pm

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is pleased to present a selection of images and stories from photographer Annie Ling's project AWHERENESS on human trafficking in Romania and Moldova. The exhibition has been arranged to coincide with a free Human Trafficking Awareness Day Program taking place on January 11, 2014 at CRS from 4 – 9 pm featuring two film screenings and a panel discussion. The photographs will remain on view from Jan 11 – 31, 2014.

Please take this opportunity and direct your attention to SocialDocumentary.net, which highlights work by photographers around the world shedding light on the tragedy of trafficking.

Romania and Moldova are beautiful countries with an ugly problem. Every year, thousands of women, men and children are trafficked outside and within the borders for sex and forced labor.

In many cases, children and young adults turn to the streets to escape harsh conditions at overrun orphanages or domestic abuse at home. Those affected by trafficking are often exploited by the ones closest to them: a family member, a partner, a lover. Psychological manipulation, coercion, and physical violence form the basis for a majority of these stories.

Human trafficking is rooted in various systems of oppression. Hearing these stories, it is impossible to understand and address human trafficking without addressing broader socio-economic realities, gender inequality, domestic violence, corruption, racism, and poverty.

AWHERENESS is a collaboration with trafficked survivors to trace their stories and expose the places that enable trafficking. Trafficking is pervasive, making it hard to detect. It takes on many different forms, often in the most mundane places: at home, parks, transportation hubs, cafes, and beyond.

Artist Statement

AWHERENESS the project grew out of conversations and focused research between close friend and collaborator Patricia Chabvepi, a Romanian human rights activist and myself nearly two years ago.

Trafficking in Romania has swelled since 1989, with the end of communism. Upon joining the European Union in 2007, Romania relaxed its border patrol measures, making free flow of both goods and people easier across borders. However, as the country’s economy is also improving, internal trafficking is also gaining traction. The situation is even more critical in Moldova due to the rise of orphanages amidst a struggling economy and lack of employment opportunities in the country. Most people in Moldova want to live and work abroad, which makes the trafficking of human beings a perversely easy endeavor. Moldova is the poorest nation of Europe, with a large percentage of its children growing up in state institutions, not necessarily because they are orphans, but because their parents do not have the means to raise them.

My first exposure to the problem of human trafficking was through a number of awareness raising campaigns, seminars, reports and articles. Being from Romania, Patricia had been aware for years of Romanian young women being tricked into prostitution abroad, but only vaguely considered what this really meant and what exactly drove them to these jobs abroad as "waitresses" and "dancers." During a volunteer opportunity with a New York-based organization that works with victims of domestic abuse, Patricia confronted the reality that domestic abuse and trafficking often go hand in hand.

Human trafficking is a cunning beast that takes on various and evolving forms as result of underlying systems of oppression. Hearing these stories, it is impossible to understand and address human trafficking without addressing the broader socio-economic realities, gender inequality, domestic violence, racism, and poverty.

Trafficking today has a much more ambiguous and deceptive appearance, thus making it harder to expose. What happens now is often done under the cover of legality, with proper paperwork and even some portion of consent. This makes law enforcement particularly difficult, as does corruption.

Trafficking stories are personal. My hope is that these images would invite the viewer to contemplate more deeply the problem of human trafficking and to gain an “awhereness” of the context in which trafficking is born and bred through the personal stories of survivors.

— Annie Ling, http://annielingphoto.com @lingphoto

About Annie Ling

Born in Taipei, Annie is a Canadian artist and documentary photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Select clients include The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, GEO Magazine (Germany), Courrier International (France), FADER Magazine, and New York Magazine.

Her photography has been featured in publications such as PDN Photo Annual, American Photography 27, Magenta Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers, Monthly Photography, and The Forward, among others.

Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. Most recently, her work has been exhibited in Germany (Lumix Photo Festival), South Korea (Gwanju Biennale), Finland (NYPH Awards), Hungary (Budapest Photo Festival), Canada (Magenta Flash Forward), and throughout the USA in Maine, Boston, and currently in New York City ("A Floating Population" at MOCA).

Annie is currently a fellow of Reflexions Masterclass, a laboratory investigating the evolution of the language of visual representation and photography. She is also a recipient of a Director’s Fellowship from The International Center of Photography.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:

New York Photo Festival Award, Honorary Mention, USA
Magenta Flash Forward Winner, Canada/International
American Photography 27, Selected, USA/International
PDN Photo Annual Winner, USA/International
PDN 30 Nominee, USA/International
World Press Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee, Amsterdam
Reflexions Masterclass Nominee/Runner-Up, Italy/Europe
ICP Director’s Fellowship, USA/International

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