FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Proceeds from this event go to AbolishSlavery.org which is targeting
human trafficking in Haiti.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA On Thursday, February 11th, photographer Tasya van Ree
will debut a charity photo exhibit at Celebrity Vault in Beverly Hills.
The event will be from 7-10pm. Proceeds from the event will go to AbolishSlavery.org.
Tasya’s latest collection of original work,‘The Still Life’, exhibits the inanimate aspect of the motionless lives trafficked children face. Van Ree uses dolls and props to subliminally express the growing severity of the human trafficking issue of the children worldwide. Her photography captures the unmoving, lost, silent and transfixed life in an immobile state of mind, body and soul.
Abolish Slavery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating human trafficking and restoring dignity to victims. They organize and coordinate investigations and field operations to find, identify, and retrieve people from slavery, providing for their safe aftercare and rehabilitation. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery in which people, mostly women and girls, are abducted, deceived or coerced into situations of forced labor. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world.
Slavery in Haiti, pre-earthquake, was the worst in the Western Hemisphere. Since the devastating earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010, its the worst human rights pandemic in the world today. The children of Haiti are at even greater risk due to destruction of infrastructure and increase in vulnerability of the population. AbolishSlavery.org is taking immediate action to identify predators and actively protect the children of Haiti.
About the Artist:
Visual interpretation of feeling has always been an implicit subject of photography, and in Tasya van Ree’s movingly beautiful still-lifes it becomes explicit, visible, as never before. Her photographs demonstrate that objects can bear witness to invisible ideas and emotional truths. This exhibition of photographs, rightfully titled ‘THE STILL LIFE” visits a new series of original work done by celebrated Los Angeles based photographer Tasya van Ree. This powerful and important set of photographs documents the severity of this growing issue affecting children across the world. Using dolls to represent children, Tasya exhibits the inanimate aspect of the motionless lives that these children face. Unmoving, captured, lost, silent, transfixed in an immobile state of mind, body, and soul. These images express their captivity, and presents them to the human eye in an extraordinary attempt to unravel the human heart. These dolls document the imprisonment of life within the world of deception, exploitation, prostitution, pornography, along with other detrimental acts of involuntary servitude. Every photo tells a story, encapsulated in one image, a tale of children trafficked in inhumane ways. The startling truth of what goes on in the world today.
Tasya van Ree has always been intrigued by the everyday wonders of the visual world. The sense of expansive awareness that for van Ree is a prerequisite to photography enables her to capture the small everyday flashes of insight that come when we are open to them and often go before we can fully grasp or appreciate them. Her extraordinarily vivid images are also a testimony to her eye for form and composition. Her photographs are infused with romanticism, darkness, intimacy, and a certain lyrical quality. They also capture the essence of the people, the landscape, and the intricacies of both the animate and inanimate worlds, and are a sort of meditation in seeing the powerful testaments between the relationship of human presence and transitory nature. Van Ree’s works are both formally vigorous and eternally evocative. Van Ree has consistently produced a highly compelling body of work on varied subjects. Her photographs have been exhibited widely, and are included in numerous private collections.
If you are unable to attend the event, and would like to make a donation, please click on the donate button. You can also text to give. Text Freedom (plus $ amount) to 27138. Please Click here for the invitation.