The Exhibition

ENSLAVED, A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery documents the lives endured by slaves and celebrates the freedom they never dreamed possible. ENSLAVED is a powerful statement about one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. The images capture the experience of a moment lived in slavery, allowing the viewer to peek into the lives of those who are ENSLAVED. What we see are two undeniable truths – the extreme brutality of the situation, and the resilience of the human spirit. The exhibition portrays survivors who are now rebuilding their lives and helping others to freedom.

ENSLAVED shows how 27 million people are currently trapped as slaves. In fact, there are more slaves than at any other time in human history. Slaves are forced to work in brothels, factories, mines, farm fields, restaurants, construction sites and in homes. These people, more than half of them women and children, are paid nothing, they toil under threat of violence and are unable to walk away. That’s the bad news. The good news is also documented in the searing images. The percentage of people enslaved on the planet is the smallest ever and it is possible to end slavery in our lifetime.

The exhibition ENSLAVED, A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery engages awareness and offers specific, doable and effective ways for people to help make sustainable change to eradicate slavery forever.

From the sweltering brick kilns to the rickety mine shafts, acclaimed photographer Lisa Kristine risked her safety and health to photograph the brutality of slavery today. Kristine documented the work of Free the Slaves in three of the countries where the organization works on the frontlines of modern day slavery. Free the Slaves works around the world with the powerful and the powerless, helping people to freedom and taking on the systems that allow slavery to exist. The group identifies real-world solutions and implements those solutions, documenting the impact so that it can be replicated and so that the stories of survivors can inspire others to action. The mission of Free the Slaves is to eradicate slavery in our lifetime.

ENSLAVED is created to inspire sustainable change at a local, national, and global level through education with visual story telling accompanied by information and curriculum on slavery today.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate
Look at the faces in Lisa Kristine’s photographs: people forced to do backbreaking work and endure mind-numbing pain. Then look closer. We see the hope that is often beaten and buried but almost never beyond reach. Lisa Kristine’s images grab the heart”



  • 54 Fine Art Documentary Photographs
    • 10 Framed 51 x 38 x 2” each
    • 44 Framed 35 x 27 x 2” each
  • Linear feet: approximately 139 feet
  • Captions accompanying each image
  • Artist Statement
  • ENSLAVED Statement with Free the Slaves
  • Educational Material and Ancillary Products


  • Lecture/Multimedia Presentation by Lisa Kristine and/or Free the Slaves (inquire for fee). Video on modern day slavery with stories of survivors.
  • Curriculum - five educational packets on modern day slavery
  • Video looped film on slavery and the making of the work
  • One-page hand out letting viewers know what they can do to help end slavery, how to recognize slavery when they see it and what they can do about it.

Ancillary Products

  • Accompanying hardbound book, Slavery – Contains 60 + images of slavery and stories of freedom. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to Free the Slaves to help eradicate slavery.
  • Posters – Exhibition posters are available to purchase.
  • Original limited edition photographs from the exhibition. Proceeds from the sale of the images go to Free the Slaves.
  • T-shirts with images and slogans.
  • Award winning books on modern day slavery by Dr. Kevin Bales.
  • Award winning documentaries on slavery in the U.S. and abroad.

Enslaved Exhibitions News

ENSLAVED Exhibition Latest

Thursday, 27 April 2017 by

Over the next 2 months more than 200,000 visitors will view the exhibition at the University. Along with docents, they created a brochure with a self guided tour. Using EnSlaved as leverage, over the next months they have created more than 30 lectures/curiculum around slavery, both historical and in modern day. My lecture was too

This article also contains audio of Lisa’s radio interview about the exhibit at the Freedom Center, click the link here to listen. Humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine, who specializes in indigenous peoples worldwide, uses her powerful images and intimate portrayals to elevate awareness of social causes such as modern slavery. The United Nations estimates there are approximately 27