PRNewswire - January 10, 2012
-- "Tristan's Moon" opens to the public, showcasing real stories
expressed by young males ensnared in the international commercial
sex industries and living with the devastating consequences of
NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout the United
States, one in every six males under the age of 16 is a victim of
sexual abuse. More frightening, many are immersed in sex
trafficking and at extremely high risk for contracting and dying
from HIV/AIDS or related illnesses, substance abuse and suicide.
From the beginning of abuse through death, these young people
typically suffer in silence with no hope of appropriate or
consistent medical care, justice or safety. The sale of children,
child prostitution, child pornography, sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS
and ongoing human rights violations are the motivation behind a
disturbing yet powerful 2012 art show at Real Stories Gallery
Foundation in Tribeca, New York.
The "Tristan's Moon" art installation is the collaborative effort
of young artists and their mentors. Thanks to Tim Barrus and Les
Garcons de Cinematheque Films, founder and residents of an
international safe-house and innovative arts program, these
artists have been given a voice through artistic expression. Real
Stories initiatives are showcased at
http://www.real-stories-gallery.org with a foreword by Archbishop
Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Tristan's Moon is also the first human
rights brick-and-mortar gallery of its kind, revealing personal
stories through video, poetry, music, tattooing, photo collages
and fine art prints.
"Tristan's Moon spotlights a tragedy experienced by thousands of
young males worldwide, including the United States," says Dr.
Rachel Chapple, Real Stories founder, anthropologist and mother
of four children (three boys). "One startling story is the vast
majority of abusers are married men with children. This and other
realities make it a difficult story to share and to witness. But
we must, if we are to end the trauma happening on our watch.
Tristan's Moon reveals the creativity and guts of young males
forced to survive in an abusive adult environment, and their
extraordinary empathy and compassion. We have much to learn from
these remarkable young survivors. Tristan's Moon will be a
life-changing experience for anyone who witnesses it."
Tristan's Moon is a conversation raised by Real Stories in
collaboration with Cinematheque Films and Art for Humanity, which
have gifted their international fine art and poetry human rights
portfolios. Other notable contributors include composer Philip
Glass and Dunvagen Music Publishers (Satyagraha: "confrontation
and rescue"); tattoo artist Anthony "Civ" Civorelli, lead singer
for the punk band Gorilla Biscuits; and Sumana Witherspoon-Ghosh,
assistant to Vanity Fair's art director.
Tristan's Moon is located at 36 Laight Street, Tribeca, NY 10013.
Please ring the bell to enter (Monday through Friday). For
private viewings, ask Rachel at email@example.com;
Real Stories Gallery Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization, facilitates contemporary storytelling and
collective witness through the arts for the purpose of raising
awareness and evoking social change. Through storytelling, Real
Stories works to prevent human rights violations related to
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Web Site: http://www.real-stories-gallery.org