Aline Deschamps | Untitled, 2020
I Am Not Your Animal is a series depicting the daily life of migrant domestic workers from Sierra Leone in Beirut, Lebanon.
The title of the series stems from the extensive discussions Aline Deschamps had with this group of women, most of whom had escaped from abusive households and were victims of human trafficking. One sentence kept being repeated : “They did not treat me like a human, they treated me like an animal.”
For months, the women were left stranded in Lebanon. They all wished to be repatriated back home, but did not have the means to buy a flight ticket back home. As they waited, their days were filled with fear, guilt, boredom and hope.
In between the darkness of their small appartement and the burning sun of Lebanon, Aline captures the pains and joys, the fear and solidarity, but above all the strength and resilience from this new sisterhood.
By highlighting their power and creativity, Aline Deschamps aims at representing them with dignity. I Am Not Your Animal is a visual testimony enabling the shift on how these women should be perceived, thus revealing our common humanity.
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Aline Deschamps | Untitled Figures - 2020
From the series I Am Not Your Animal
42 x 29.7 cm
Inkjet Print on Hannemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper - Edition 1 of 7