“Object Lessons” Photo Exhibition Opens March 6

January 10, 2020 | Art & Music

Albany Public Library is partnering with Albany Center Gallery and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association to present a special photo exhibition, “Object Lessons,” that explores the nature of the prosecution of sex trafficking crimes.

“Object Lessons” premieres on Friday, March 6, with an opening reception at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the library’s Washington Ave. Branch. The photo exhibition will be open during branch hours and run through April 18. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Sex trafficking is a worldwide problem, raking in profits of roughly $99 billion dollars per year for traffickers. “Object Lessons” was created by Nina Berman, an award-winning documentary photographer, filmmaker, author, and educator from New York City, to bring awareness to the pervasive problem of sex trafficking in the Capital Region and beyond.

The exhibition depicts the evidence used to try and convict sex traffickers, including victims’ clothing and the weapons used to coerce victims into submission. Berman said she chose “to investigate the physical evidence as a way to communicate the mechanism of control and the underlying motivations of profit and power that drive perpetrators and imprison victims.”

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.