29 April - 21 May 2016, 00:00
At the heart of Dr Shreepali Patel’s multiscreen installation, is the story of a young trafficked girl, which unfolds through a number of wrap around visual and sonic layers. The exhibition itself sits within an increasingly complex climate of hardening public opinion, moral self-questioning and a 150 billion dollar world trade in people. A third of the 21 million people trafficked each year are children, a number which is growing rapidly. As such this installation takes as its starting point the concept of ‘hope’ and examines its gradual unfurling reality into an exploitation of trust to perpetuate a violent, organised and tax free industry.
The physical installation takes a cross-disciplinary approach, exploiting the creative potential of live action, visual effects, and immersive sound design through interconnected screens. The result is an intense exploration of the black market economy and the destructive consequences of human trafficking through a heightened audio-visual experience.
Dr Shreepali Patel is a BAFTA award winning filmmaker, co-director of Emmy award winning production company Eyeline Films and academic in Film and Television Production. The Crossing was made with the support of the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University and CoDE. Produced by Colin Burrows, Special Treats Production. Patron: Emma Thompson