No 1 from Mary's 'Human Trafficking' series, ink and watercolour on paper. 45 cm x 30 cm.
Mary : "Over the past few years, in UK, there have been some disturbing revelations of men and women forced to live in squalid conditions, working in cannabis farms, sweat shops and even in 'ordinary-looking' city houses where they are made to do unpaid housework.
As a result, I was moved to make a series of drawings in an attempt to raise awareness of the plight of trafficked people. I have used the symbol of a ‘bar-code’ as stripes in the background of each drawing. This symbolises that the person is being treated as a commodity for sale. The vertical lines are also reminiscent of prison bars and represents that person’s lack of choice.
This first drawing in this series represents a man trafficked into unpaid agricultural work in an isolated rural area, where he exists almost invisibly for many years.He lives in a caravan with six other men. There is no heating, running water or electricity and their food is very basic.
This picture has been exhibited in Athens and in Thiva in Greece in the 'Sphinx 2015' exhibition."