TRANS-ATLANTIC SEX SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA: A VISUAL REPRESENTATION IN SCRAP METAL SCULPTURE

Author: Ajuorah Tochukwu Chikodili
Department: Fine and Applied Arts
Affiliation: Nnmadi Azikiwe University Awka

Scrap metal, as a medium of sculptural production, is not very popular among Nigerian Sculptors. Most serious contemporary sculptures are still done in traditional materials such as; clay, concrete, bronze and wood. This problem could be attributed to the fact that most of these scrap metals are mild steel which rust when exposed to atmospheric conditions. In view of this problem this work explores the possibility of achieving sculptures that are aesthetically pleasing, using scrap metals it also explores how they could be preserved against unfavorable atmospheric conditions .The scrap metal sculpture produced by the researcher was used in this study to address core social problems; sex-slavery and human trafficking in our society. The researcher employed both studio and literary approaches in the course of the research. The work revealed that art is one of the most effective ways of propagating positive change in the society. Again the use of scrap metal for sculptures could reduce waste in our environment in line with the popular idea of “Waste to Wealth”.

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