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Welcome to Expressions for Justice

rietje-pasfotoOver the last few years the work of IJM began to interest me more and more. What this organization achieved in its battle against injustice and violence impressed me greatly.

The goal of IJM is amazing: Free thousands – Protect millions – Prove that justice for the poor is possible.

How does this relate to Expressions for Justice. What could the role of an artist ( in the most broad sense of the word ) contribute to this battle?

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Expressions for Justice Opening Meeting

Written by Heather Hancock 

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Welcome to Expressions for Justice! 
I was first introduced to IJM about five years ago while I was going through a season of awakening and began to be exposed to the ugly realities of human trafficking. The more I learned about the horrors and prevalence of modern day slavery and violent oppression, the more I wanted to partner and lend my resources to IJM. There was just one problem. I am a classical pianist.

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Disposable People

Based on an article by Heather Hancock.

In describing victims of the Holocaust who were trapped and tortured in concentration camps, many different eyewitnesses use similar images and language. Words such as shadows, ghostly, shapeless, withering, grey become the common vocabulary to characterize them. Victims dressed in tattered, ill fitting, pajama-like uniforms, barely recognizable as human beings.

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Trapped

Written by Heather Hancock 

With each viewing of Trapped by Jolanda Koedoot-Berghout I experience both subtle and obvious depictions of the Christian story and can’t help being drawn into the painting/story anew each time. At first glance, the bold, vibrant colour scheme and ruggedly textured canvas appear as an emotionally driven piece of abstract art. Themes of glory, oppression, evil and hope are readily evoked through a palette of gold (glory), black, red (evil/oppression/passion) and bright blue (hope). The netting which overlays the center of the work creates a visual and textural divide between what is above and beneath as well as trapping what is behind it.

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