Honorable Mention / 2018 / Portraiture / Children

Faces Behind Atrocity

  • Company
    Matilde Simas
  • Photographer
    Matilde Simas
  • Credit
    International Photo Award, 2nd place, Social Event2017 Tokyo International Foto Award, Bronze Book/People2017 Portfolio Award, Black and White Magazine, Portfolio 2017 Photographers Without Borders Depth of Field Award

Human trafficking is globally pervasive, economically motivated,
and emotionally overwhelming. The exhibit “ Faces Behind
Atrocity” are portraits of 5 child victims, ages 13-16, from 4
different nationalities who have been rescued from the horrors of the trafficking world and are in the healing process. In
collaboration with the survivors, Matilde Simas worked to provide a forum for healing through art. In this portrait series low lighting was used to evoke a mood of deception and secrecy that has been endured. In a pure example of courage, many of these woman chose to hide their faces behind a mask to protect their identity. In addition to providing a visual representation of their resilience, beauty, and strength, each woman recorded a written testimony of how they were lead into trafficking and the atrocities they faced.

Matilde Simas is a photographer based in Boston, MA. Her unique style focuses on documentary and fine art, with her imagery simultaneously reflecting the sensitivity and the strength of her subjects. Matilde uses the capacity of photography to inform, provoke discussion, and inspire action by public speaking and exhibiting her work in museums, galleries, and public spaces. Her work on human trafficking has been widely exhibited by various UN agencies. She has recently been awarded a UNICEF Picture of the Year HM.