Exhibition – Making Nature: How We See Animals

Wellcome Collection, London, 1 December 2016 — 21 May 2017

Curated by Honor Beddard

Exhibited are over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography  reflecting what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us.

The collection includes works by contemporary artists such as Allora, Calzadilla and Phillip Warnell and asks how and why we look at animals and what we see when we do that. It is organised around four themes: ‘Ordering’, ‘Displaying’, ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’, and it opens with Marcus Coates’ Degreecoordinates, Shared traits of the Hominini (Humans, Bonobos and Chimpanzees), 2015.

‘Making Nature’ reveals the hierarchies in our view of the natural world, and questions how these influence our actions and inactions towards the planet: from the formalisation of natural history as a science, through the establishment of museums and zoos, to lavish contemporary wildlife documentaries.

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More info and the free downloadable large print guide text (also available in the gallery) are available here.

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Film: Trafficked (2016)

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Inspired by the real characters of the award winning book ‘Sex Trafficking’ by Siddharth Kara, the film narrates the story of three girls from America, Nigeria and India. After being trafficked through an elaborate global network of illicit human, organ, and drug trafficking, they all end up as sex slaves in a brothel in Texas. Together they attempt to escape their enslavement and reclaim their freedom.

Country of origin: United States

Language: English

Director: Will Wallace

Screenwriter: Siddharth Kara

Cinematography: Thomas L. Callaway

Cast:  Ashley Judd, Sean Patrick Flanery, Elisabeth Röhm, Patrick Duffy, Brian Thompson, Jason London, Anne Archer, Efren Ramirez, Courtney Gains, Kelly Washington, Niki Koss, Madison Wolfe, Matt Doran, Amiah Miller, Anjali Bhimani, Matthew Ziff

Producer: Habitat Media Group / KK Ranch Productions / WeatherVane Productions

More information about the film is available here.

Award-winning author gives voice to modern slaves

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This is the headline of Summer Baldwin’s article on The Daily Nebraskan reporting on Siddhart Kara’s talk on Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Union City Auditorium. The scholar shared the stories of the trafficked people he has met and the places he has been. He shared the voices of the exploited people who fall into the modern forms of slavery.

Siddharth Kara is the first Fellow on Human Trafficking with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He speaks and consults extensively on contemporary slavery and human rights worldwide and advises several governments as well as private and non-governmental organizations on antislavery policy and law.

Kara’s first non-fiction book on contemporary slavery, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, was published by Columbia University Press in January 2009. In May 2010, a second edition was published in paperback. The book won the 2010 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, a highly prestigious award that is given to the most outstanding non-fiction book on the subject of slavery. Since the inception of the Award in 1999, numerous books on the subject of modern-day slavery have been submitted, but Kara’s book was the first to be awarded the prize.

More information on Kara’s work can be found here.