The first piece in aSHEville Museum’s Modern Day Slavery: Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit features the work of award-winning photographer Kay Chernush. In 2005, on assignment with the U.S. State Department, Chernush came face-to-face with the evils of human trafficking and modern slavery. Challenged and appalled by gross human rights abuses Chernush began working with anti-trafficking organizations and survivors around the world. Her process has evolved to include collage, constructed imagery, and sound to dignify trafficked persons and re-frame how their stories are portrayed. To broaden the scope of her project, Chernush founded ArtWorks for Freedom, a non-profit organization that uses the power of art in all its forms to fight modern slavery.
The series “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking” speaks to the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children caught up in slavery’s web. This multimedia exhibit asks you, the viewer, to consider their plight from their perspective. “Bought & Sold” is intended to spark dialogue and creative action, while telling the stories of modern day slavery and the journey towards freedom.