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Photograph exhibition

The photograph exhibition entitled “Breaking free from slavery: a visual journey through 20 years of assistance to victims of contemporary forms of slavery” was organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

It brings together 56 artworks from two renowned photographers: Roberto Romano (USA) and Pete Pattisson (UK) and 17 organizations who received grants from the Voluntary Fund to assist victims of slavery in their struggle to recover their freedom and dignity. These photographs, from all over the world, take the audience on a visual journey from slavery to freedom.

The exhibition is divided in two sections. Portraits of Slavery showcases a collection of 25 photographs depicting enslaved individuals and the different facets of slavery and slavery-like practices in the 21st century.

Portraits of Freedom comprises a series of 26 photographs of rescued victims of slavery, assisted by the Voluntary Fund, in their new lives.

The exhibition was opened with statements by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery and the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.


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19th Session of the Board of Trustees: Geneva, 24 to 28 November 2014

20th anniversary of the Fund

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Abolishing Slavery and its Contemporary Forms
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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2013

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