"HHP" is a art installation focussed on human trafficking, created by the artist Marian van der Zwaan. The concept of this project are five labyrinths, build in 3 different continents. All labyrinths are constructed with the same design, where the dissimilarity is characterized by the materials used and the human intervention from each culture.
Believing that education is the instrument for change & development, “HHP” created an inter-act exhibition using a android game (Ubiwhere), a lesson plan, and urban art to encourage youth and teachers to relate to arts and social problems in their language.
The installation looks for the promotion and protection of human rights from people that live in a new form of slavery. "HHP" was launched simultaneous on the 18th October 2013 (European day against Human Trafficking) in Accra, Bern, Lisbon, Luanda and São Paulo.
Marian van der Zwaan aims to express and connect her message to youth and the general public. That is why she brings her art to public areas.
The “High Heel Passenger” project was taken to city centres, museums and parks, spread over five countries in three different continents. During the planning phase of the project Marian travelled to all locations and interacted with the local communities discussing the issue of Human Trafficking and its local impacts. With this she worked with a number of schools, institutions, care centres, governments, special police forces, among others, emerging herself into the subject understanding local dynamics and issues.
The project is the culmination of two years of work, during which Marian faced multiple challenges and adversity which were surpassed by her relentless drive to bring it to life, raising the desired awareness about human trafficking through confrontation and public debate.
HHP reached thousands of people raising curiosity, questions, positive & negative reactions, which were instrumental in raising awareness and discussion around the topic.
This project was only possible with the support & expertise from Pedro Mira [architect], Paulo Raposo [financial planner], Bruno Nobre [designer], Atilia Lopes [translator], José Borges [producer - Luanda; audio-visual producer], and Slap [urban artist]. Volunteers: António Pinho, João Miranda, Vânia Barbosa, Fabiola Alves, Georginha Opuko, Inês Fontinha, Maria de Luz Nolasco, Patsy Sorensen, Catarina Lisboa, Bruno Silva, Rob Martens, and Adriaan van der Zwaan.
UNODC - Partner in Accra.
IOM/OIM - Partner and Sponsor in Bern.