Art has long been considered a tool of human expression—a way to for us to communicate and connect with each other emotionally through visuals. While we often ruminate on how art affects us, the viewers, seldom do we consider what the power of creation means for the artist. Last night, the anti-trafficking nonprofit Beauty for Freedom flipped our perspective and placed the artists—in this case, at-risk youth and survivors of human labor trafficking—front and center.
In partnership with the New York Arts Club and worldwide art project Inside Out, Beauty for Freedom bowed “Project Ghana,” an auction and exhibition featuring portraits taken by Ghanian youth and reinterpreted by 13 artists including Erica Simone, Laura Anne Brooks, Zephy, and Ydania Lopez. The goal? To empower children while also raising funds for rescue, recovery, education, and reintegration for survivors of trafficking.