Children Exposed

While scrolling on Facebook one day I came across this image

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Saudis in USA

This is a Facebook group that aims to unite, share, and educate Saudi students in America. Two of my Facebook friends actually shared the post and it showed up on my timeline. I cannot say that I spent too much time on their page but the photograph caught my attention.

 

“The first image refers to pedophilia in the Vatican.

Second child sexual abuse in tourism in Thailand, and the…

third refers to the war in Syria.

The fourth image refers to the trafficking of organs on the black market, where most of the victims are children from poor countries;

fifth refers to weapons free in the U.S.

And finally, the sixth image refers to obesity, blaming the big fast food companies.”

 

Photographed by Erik Ravelo a Cuban photographer and artist he looks at children in their world. Sometimes children are neglected, in the form of rights and Ravelo called attention to this. Reminds me a bit of Trachtenberg. The photo, titled the “The untouchables”, puts children on crosses of their oppressors. Each photo presents a clear, disturbing message. Placing them all together shows the injustice is spread worldwide. We hear about each individual story in the news or on social media but they are normally not brought together. It unifies. It shines a light. It promotes change.

 

Additionally the viewers or audience did not need to know the details about each countries specific issue to identify it. I was unsure about Thailand and the organ black market photos. However I was immediately about to understand using children for amusement, specifically with the bright floral shirt, cap, and I believe camera in hand of the male cross. These items signified tourist, amusement, something that I have often thought about when friends travel to island destinations. The shift children on the cross in scrubs made me think of surgery or unethical treatment. I was reminded of my mash up where clips of a doctors wearing those green-blue scrubs injected a beagle or danged a rat exemplified harsh and cruel treatment of animals to relate it to human testing.

 

These children may not have loud voices, or physical strength or knowledge to change or release themselves from their oppression. Without the photographers motive and interpretation all the issues would not have been brought together.

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One comment

  1. These photos are disturbing, to say the least. I think it’s even more disturbing that all of the images are set up in the same way, leading me to believe that kids are going to be abused no matter what country they are in, even if it’s only mildly like the fast food companies…
    It’s interesting, too, that the photographer blurred out the kid’s faces and left the adults with their backs to the viewer. It helps enlarge the idea and allows the viewer to see that it’s not a targeted problem, that it is bigger than these few individuals. It stops those being pictures from becoming icons for the problems. The blurred faces also reminds me of the way that we protect people that choose not to be photographed, in crime scene footage and whatnot. I don’t know if the photographer is trying to protect the children here or if he is emphasizing that they are nameless. Either way, the blurred faces strikes a weird chord with me.

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