#bringbackourgirls

Metal, paper, vinyl.

2015


* This piece is currently in the traveling exhibition Rooted, Revived Reinvented: Basketry in America (2017-2020)


In April, 2014, 276 school girls were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.  Aged 15-18 when kidnapped, many of the girls have been raped, impregnated, and/or auctioned off as brides.  Others have been forced to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group, and even used as human bombs in it’s terror campaign.

The timing of the Chibok school girls abduction was no coincidence.  Sitting for their final exams, these were young women on their way to becoming professionals - doctors, lawyers, and teachers.  They were targeted by Boko Haram because they were students of Nigeria’s western education system. “Boko Haram” means “Western education is a sin.”  

The story was little covered in the mainstream news until social media and the bringbackourgirls hashtag emerged. The hashtag spread the story of the Chibok girls via social media, creating a movement that has resulted in hundreds of protests and demonstrations all over the world.  

 

community. It is also used by this group of women when they post photos of other extremely thin women.  These images are meant to provide role models and inspiration, or “#thinspo.”

#WhenIWasRaped
Metal, paper, vinyl.
2018


“Project Unbreakable” began in 2012 as an outlet for rape victims to speak out about their attacks.  Women were photographed holding handwritten signs quoting their own rapists as well as reactions from people they told.  The project was reenergized in 2017 “in light of our current political climate - the fact that a man accused of multiple instances of sexual assault is … the president of the United States.”


Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.

#ChildTrafficking
Metal, paper, vinyl.
2017


Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.  Sex trafficking is a lucrative industry making an estimated $99 billion a year.  About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.  Women and girls make up 96% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.  


#thighgap

Metal, paper, vinyl.

2016


A “Thigh Gap” is the space between a female’s thighs that has become a measure of her self-worth. The hashtag “#thighgap” is one of many used in a corresponding social media movement focused on body image and weight loss.  The hashtag is used by women and girls trying to lose weight and/or starve themselves.  It is attached to selfies taken in front of a mirror by women seeking approval from the larger