Photo Show Naseeb: Trafficked by Sonal Kantaria opens at Next Level Projects London

© Sonal Kantaria, Asha, photo courtesy of the photographer

The Roaming Eye (tRE) has away from internet and wi-fi connections and has instead been experiencing just being, and waiting for serendipity to highlight work. While in Sri Lanka tRE attended a fantastic talk at the Colombo Art Biennale with Bangladeshi photographer, activist and curator Shahidul Alam in conversation with Sanjana Hattotuwa editor of Ground Views – an independent  citizen journalism website based in Sri Lanka. More of the talk in a later post, but tRE urges readers to  expand your horizons globally and take a look at the websites linked to above. Ground Views is a stellar example of citizen journalism at its best.

Back to the photo show. An email arrived from London regarding a photo show Naseeb: Trafficked by Sonal Kantaria about “forced prostitution and the trafficking of girls from India and Bangladesh”. On show are a series of 12 Polaroids, two of which are shown here, documenting “young Indian and Bangladeshi women who have been kidnapped, tricked or sold by their families into forced prostitution, later rescued or escaped and now currently living in protected accommodation in Mumbai.

“Naseeb means ‘fate’ or ‘luck’ in Hindi.

“The protective homes managed by the Rescue Foundation form the backdrop to Sonal Kantaria’s series of portraits, a short video work featuring the perspectives of those trafficked women, and a map piece illustrating some of the now well-known trafficking routes in South Asia. In doing so, the work brings into sharp focus the gender, economic and class disenfranchisement resulting in Indian and Bangladeshi women being forced into the flesh trade.” From the press release.

The show opened to the public yesterday at Next Level Projects in London and runs until 25 March. The Roaming Eye has yet to see the show but will go next week when back on UK soil.


4 responses to “Photo Show Naseeb: Trafficked by Sonal Kantaria opens at Next Level Projects London

  1. Such work reminds me of how important artists are in keeping our human conscience alive and alert. I’m glad someone can speak for these voiceless women.

    • Aleeinn, yes it does serve as an important reminder of the plight of such women and I hope that forced prostitution is one day eradicated. If you are interested, search for a couple of posts on Hotshoe blog that I wrote on Dana Popa’s excellent work ‘Not Natasha’ about prostitution and the trafficking of young women in Eastern Europe – the project deserves global recognition. Just put Dana’s name into the search box.

  2. Thanks for your kind comments on Groundviews ( It was good briefly chatting with you at Barefoot, and thanks for attending Shahidul’s session.

    • Sanjana, The Roaming Eye

      Sanjana, you did a brilliant job with the ‘in conversation’, as Shahidul mentioned. I’ve attended so many in conversations where the interviewer has not done their homework and does not ask focused, succinct and relevant question. The one and three-quarter hour talk flew by – a credit to both of you – and praise where praise is due. I would like to get hold of a copy of the audio if it was recorded. Also, Ground Views is an independent platform that serves as a fine example for those contributing or editing citizen journalism sites. I take journalistic endeavours and the ensuing ethics involved in reporting seriously. Now that everyone can publish, it is important to have great examples to refer to and for others to aspire to. I wish you the best and hope that our paths cross once again in the not too distant future. best Miranda

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