We Cry In Silence is Smita Sharma’s seven-year-long investigation into cross-border trafﬁcking of minor girls across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal for sex work and domestic servitude. The project focuses on highly organized trafﬁcking rings, unveiling the vulnerability of these young women and why they become trafﬁcking victims. The project aims both to understand this complicated issue and open a dialogue that might spur people to work towards solutions.
The project has resulted in a multilingual photo book published by FotoEvidence, with illustrations and resources to educate people about this global crime. The book is part of a larger campaign, which includes exhibitions, community events, and free distribution of a 12-page zine in Bengali, Hindi, and English to raise awareness. It is also being distributed to schools and college libraries in India and to anti-trafﬁcking organizations in South Asia.
On Friday, February 17, Smita Sharma will introduce her book during the opening of the exhibition, with copies available for sale.
Smita Sharma is a Delhi based award-winning photojournalist and visual storyteller. Sharma reports on critical human rights, gender, social justice and environmental issues in her own community, as well as in the Global South on assignments for Human Rights Watch, National Geographic Magazine, TIME and other publications. For more information, visit smitasharma.com
The FotoEvidence Association works at the intersection of human rights and photography through the FotoEvidence Book Award and the FotoEvidence W Award for a woman photographer. The organization aims to expand and support the work of FotoEvidence, a publishing house established in 2010, dedicated to documentary photography focused on human rights and social and ecological justice. For more information, visit www.fotoevidence.com
The Bronx Documentary Center is a non-proﬁt gallery, educational center, and cultural resource. The BDC uses community-based documentary practice and education to explore vital issues, stimulate critical thought, and drive social change.
Smita Sharma : We Cry In Silence
February 18 – March 12, 2023
Opening reception + book talk: Friday, February 17, 2023, from 6-9 PM
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451 Thurs-Fri 3-7pm and Sat-Sun 1-5pm