Sunday, 28 March 2010

"Not Natasha" by Dana Popa

Popa says, ‘Natasha is the nickname given to prostitutes with Eastern European looks. Sex trafficked girls hate it".

Today a went to see the award winning hard hitting four year project by photographer Dana Popa at the Impressions gallery in Bradford.
She documents the experiences of sex trafficked women and from Moldova through photography and stories displayed on the walls of the i walked round reading the stories you begin to feel quite emotional that women are been forced into these situations and not a great deal is been done about it,i read one story of a young bride who's husband sold her the night before there wedding.
The photographs consisted of abstracted angles and dark lighting i think this really reflects the moods and life stories of the working women.

Exhibition Information:
"Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moldova is one of the main source countries for trafficking women and children, with up to 10% of the female population sold into prostitution abroad. Popa photographed and documented the disturbing experiences of these women in Moldova. She also collected the stories of those who remain disappeared, photographing their families, homes, and in some cases children who were left behind. Finally, she documented the spaces where trafficked women are forced into prostitution in the brothels of Soho, London.
Dana Popa (born 1977, Romania) is an award-winning photo-artist based in London who graduated from the London College of Communication. She specialises in contemporary social issues, with a particular emphasis on human rights."

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