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‘The real faces of Modern Slavery: unmasking the truth’

When we think of the term ‘slavery’, images of colonial times of people in chains and hand cuffs may well spring to mind.  Modern Slavery is very different, victims may be much more difficult to identify.  

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership, in conjunction with Hampshire Cultural Trust, developed and put together the emotive and thought provoking exhibition ‘The real faces of Modern Slavery: unmasking the truth’. 

The exhibition was a journey through the compelling stories of survivors identified and supported within our surrounding area, with visual and audio content depicting their experiences past and present and their future aspirations as they start to attempt to rebuild their lives. 

The exhibition was developed as a partnership initiative to raise awareness of Modern Slavery and it is hoped that visitors who visited the exhibition left with an understanding of how this can manifest in different scenarios within our everyday lives. 

Example Exhibits

Unmasked – emotive images of slavery survivors behind the masks representing how they felt hidden and depersonalised in this exhibit by Medaille Trust and Fiona Yaron-Field

Success stories – see images and read the stores of how the lives of survivors have been turned around in this exhibit by Hera

Additional Exhibits not featured within the main exhibition



Thanks you to all our partners those that sit within the partnership and those who have joined us specifically to deliver this exhibition.

Barnardo’s Independent Child Trafficking Guardians
Bill Crooks and Jackie Mouradian from Mosaic Creative (Working with the Clewer Initiative) for Gemma’s Story and accompanying drawings
Caritas Bakhita House guests for 3 prints donated for the exhibition
Clewer Initiative
Rev’d Edwina Fennemore
Fiona Yaron-Field for ‘Unmasked’ and ‘Belongings’ exhibits
Global Fire Creative for the filming of the introductory video clip
Hampshire Constabulary
Hampshire Cultural Trust
Hampshire Library Service
Hampshire Local Authority
Thomas Birkett for HERA UK aspirational prints
Isle of Wight Council
Medaille Trust Survivors for ‘Unmasked’ and ‘Belongings’ exhibits
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
Portsmouth Library Service
Project Catalyst – PARCS Family Action for the photos depicting possible sites for criminal exploitation
Rt Reverend Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge for the adapted psalm
Society of St James
Southampton City Council
Southampton Central Library
Stop the Traffik