Made in 3D DESIGN. objective: CARDBOARD SCULPTURE.
Cardboard, paper, 2019
A write up I did on the piece: "On April 14th 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria by Muslim extremist terrorist group, Boko Haram. The girls had showed up to take a physics exam, in their last year of school. At gunpoint, they were forced into vans and trucks hauled off into the Sambisa Forest where they would be psychologically, physically, and sexually abused for the next four years, despite the four-hour warning the Nigerian Government had prior to the abduction. These girls, aged 16 to 18, were used as sex slaves and sold to men for $6. When some managed to be lucky enough to escape they would be brought back by local villagers to be whipped or martyred. Slowly over the last four years, 2/3 of the girls have been rescued due to the Nigerian Government paying millions of dollars in ransom money. They now remain under heavy security barely allowed to see their families and as public figures, officials fear they are still vulnerable to exploitation. Although this incident took place four years ago, Boko Haram abducted another 110 school girls just last year that were quickly returned after they received more ransom money from the government. 10,000 people (and counting) have been kidnapped or killed by Boko Haram. I chose to focus on the Chibok schoolgirls abduction for my piece. I’ve included several missing persons flyers plastered onto a milk carton and strewn underneath the piece to give visual weight regarding the staggering number of victims. I chose to make the missing persons picture only a black silhouette and have the names read as “unreleased” because the Nigerian Government took agonizing weeks to release the victim list. Boko Haram targets these schools because they are against the western idea of education which interferes with their Islamic religious beliefs. This signifies an ideological border where these communities are caught in the crossfire."