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Controversial art piece auctioned off to support sex trafficking survivors – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-12-04 19:49:42 –

Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) —Recently exhibited works of art in downtown were considered controversial by some in Wichita. Others thought it would empower. This work is currently being auctioned to help victims of sexual trafficking.

Artist Juli Saga explained that she painted “Lotus” to help survivors of sexual trafficking and sexual violence.

“I draw this with only sex workers, and generally women in mind, celebrating our bodies and fighting misogyny and rape culture,” Saga said.

“I don’t want to occupy that space because they have never experienced it,” Saga said. “I just want to help them promote and give them what they like. Help them if necessary.”

Now her art will be used to help the survivors. Saga’s self-portraits are being auctioned to raise funds to support ICTSOS, a local non-profit organization that supports survivors of sexual trafficking.

Liz Upton, ICT SOS Adult Advocacy Services Coordinator, said: Something happens when people are 18 years old. It’s almost like empathy is exhausted. ”

Charissa Wall was the first person to bid on this painting. She wants the work to be displayed in the living room someday.

“The message can be drawn from every work of art, and it’s only controversial if you make it controversial,” Wall said.

The painting was adorned downtown in the wire mesh art gallery and worried some parents with children, but Wall wasn’t.

“She is a female. She knows what a female body looks like,” Wall said. “She looks in the mirror every day. It’s not a big deal.”

Saga is grateful that her art has begun a conversation.

“Anyone who is angry about it, or who feels it could corrupt someone to show their body, have sex, or behave, why do these things? You need to have an introspective conversation about what you think. ”

This painting can be bid at Mulberry Art Gallery in Revolusia until December 17th.

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