June 3 - August 5, 2011

Opening Friday, June 3, 2011 / 7-9pm


CONTEMPORARY SLAVERY, a project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) and the second annual ECOAESTHETIC exhibition, investigates various forms of contemporary slavery—from human trafficking and the sex trade; to the exploitation of farm and domestic workers, immigrants and prisoners; to sweatshop, bonded, and child labor—through a bombardment of images taken by leading photojournalists documenting this issue. A symposium will unite scholars, humanitarians and activists in dialogue in order to draw critical attention to this under-recognized local and international issue.  
According to the United Nations, it is estimated that more than 27 million people are enslaved worldwide, “more than double the number of those who were deported in the 400-year history of the transatlantic slave trade to the Americas.” In his seminal text Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, Kevin Bales, one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on modern slavery, defines contemporary slavery as distinguished by the low cost of slaves, high profits, surplus of potential slaves, and the disposable, short-term as well as hereditary relationships between slaves and slave holders or traders. From prison labor in America to sex trafficking in Southeast Asia, and child soldiers in Africa, CONTEMPORARY SLAVERY exposes the horrors of slavery that still exist today in all corners of the world.
Contemporary Slavery exhibition conceived by Papo Colo.

Exhibition organized by Herb Tam, Associate Curator; Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator;
Jeanette Ingberman, Executive Director; and Papo Colo, Artistic Director.
Symposium conceived and organized by Mary Anne Staniszewski, Associate Professor, Department of the Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Symposium coordinated and organized by Herb Tam and Lauren Rosati. Additional advice and support from Mark Looney.

Ian Berry
Anindya Chakraborty
Kay Chernush
Jodi Cobb
Ricardo Funari
John Hulme
Stefan Irvine
Bruce Jackson
Naser Khan
Jennifer MacFarlane
Tiana Markova-Gold
Robert Miller
Jesse Pesta
Antonio Rosa