WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A murals not too long ago displayed downtown was thought-about controversial by some in Wichita. Others thought-about it empowering. Now the piece is being auctioned off to assist intercourse trafficking survivors.
Artist Juli Saga defined she painted “Lotus” to face with and assist survivors of intercourse trafficking and sexual violence.
“I painted this with intercourse employees in thoughts — and simply girls typically — and celebrating our our bodies and preventing again towards misogyny and rape tradition,” Saga stated.
“I’ve by no means been within the experiences that they’ve so I don’t need to take up that house,” Saga stated. “I simply need to like assist elevate them and assist give them like, simply assist them if wanted.”
Now her artwork will probably be used to assist survivors. Saga’s self-portrait is being auctioned off to boost cash to assist ICT SOS, a native nonprofit that helps survivors of intercourse trafficking.
“We’ve not too long ago been capable of begin doing direct companies via the advocacy program as a result of there’s numerous stuff on the market for the kiddos,” ICT SOS Grownup Advocacy Companies Coordinator Liz Upton stated, “however there’s not lots for adults. One thing occurs when individuals flip 18. It’s like virtually empathy dries up.”
Charissa Wall was the primary to bid on the portray. She hopes to have the piece cling in her lounge sooner or later.
“A message might be introduced out of each piece of artwork and it’s solely controversial in the event you make it controversial,” Wall stated.
The portray hung within the downtown Chainlink Artwork Gallery and precipitated concern for some mother and father with youngsters, however Wall will not be apprehensive.
“She’s a feminine. She is aware of what a feminine physique seems like,” Wall stated. “She seems within the mirror on daily basis. It’s not a giant deal.”
Saga is grateful her artwork is beginning conversations.
“Anyone that’s upset about it or that feels that they will degrade anyone as a result of they present their physique or as a result of they’ve intercourse or nonetheless they’re — they should have a self-reflecting dialog of why they suppose this stuff.”
The portray will probably be accessible for bidding at Mulberry Artwork Gallery in Revolusia till Dec. 17.