Traveling Exhibition: The True Stories Project: Exploitation and Empowerment

The True Stories Project: Exploitation and Empowerment fosters dialogue to address exploitation and sex trafficking. The exhibition is organized into four themes: the objectification of women, girls, and boys; myths and popular misconceptions; their exploitation; and empowerment. The exhibitions goal is to motivate change at both the local and global levels.

Participating artists include: Marilyn Minter, Lin Tianmiao, Hung Liu, Parastou Forouhar, Nabin Baral, Thomas L. Kelly, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Lava Thomas, Cate White, Era and Don Farnsworth; Grassroots Girls Book Club, Hit Man Gurung, Stacy Leigh, AWARE/OWARE Game for Female Empowerment, Natalie Naccache, Sheelasha Raibhandari, The Ugly Truth Campaign, Gabriela Morawetz, Girls Inc, Siddhartha Gallery, and others.

Curated by: Randy Jayne Rosenberg

Project Goals

The goals for the exhibition are to:

  • Challenge popular myths about prostitution and sex trafficking
  • Demonstrate that this is both a local and global issue.
  • Raise awareness of the root causes of exploitation
  • Create empathy for victims’ stories
  • Foster a dialogue about the problem and its possible solutions
  • Inspire victims and survivors to be empowered with new behavioral choices

About Partnering Organizations

Art Works For Change is a nonprofit organization that creates contemporary art exhibitions to address critical social and environmental issues. Our museum-quality exhibitions are hosted by fine art institutions all over the world, and feature artists whose work promotes awareness, provokes dialogue and inspires action.

Siddhartha Gallery and Arts Foundation works inside the Nepali community with the mission to place arts, culture and creativity at the heart of learning, increase community participation through the arts, and create exhibitions, workshops and cross-cultural programming and dialogues. They are the organizer of the Kathmandu Triennale and its satellite educational programs.

Cost: Please contact for more information about the participation fee and dates for availability

Size: 3,000 square feet

Venue Length: Typically 2-4 months

Availability: Currently available

Special Requirements: Some electronic equipment provided by host venue

Previous Venues: Patan Museum, Kahmandu, Nepal

Please contact us at: if you are interested in hosting the exhibition.

Information for artwork below: Sold, from The Red Bar Code series, Hit Man Gurung, 2017, currency of Nepal and India, acrylic and ink © 2017, courtesy of the artist

Categories: Traveling Exhibitions