Each caption should be another blow to the viewer’s mind and psyche (if you didn’t recoil in horror you’d have to be a callous bastard… the type that apathetically allows the trafficking to continue, or is in cahoots or gives tacit approval to the monsters… or probably someone who enjoys the thought of a dodgy massage or a new pair of expensive, name-brand sports shoes).
The installation of victims’ hair in glass jars, again represented as commodities with bar codes on top and displayed elegantly as if they are items in a high class boutique, is too powerful for too many words….but suggests a common complicity in human trafficking that we all share.
Take the concept and extend it all over Vietnam, you’d have a very sad but powerful set of portraits of the rescued and a tragic display of preserved hair.
What a thing it would be to extend the project and have a main street pavement engraved with the names, and, where possible photographs, of those missing. I still bet that lots of callous pr*cks would walk over unseeingly and even spit over them a time or two.
My thanks go to the artists Doan Hoang Kien and Na Son. Excellent and powerful collaboration…and to the MTV organizers and donors etc.
Please let’s see it again!
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