Using installation art to bring awareness
Artist Shane Grammer uses installation art to bring awareness of human trafficking in Cambodia. Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.Shane was invited by Valley Springs Presbyterian Church located in Roseville California to share his experience going to Cambodia, using art to bring hope and joy to girls forced into human trafficking.AIM Agape International Missions invited Shane to bring a team of artist to create murals for young girls rescued for the sex trade. Agape International Missions is a nonprofit organization working to help girls caught up in the child sex trade in Cambodia. Agape was founded by Bridget and Don Brewster of Lincoln, California in 1989.The team hoped to not only have fun and bring joy to the girls they painted murals with, but also to give them exciting new options for their future as potential artists. Shane states: “We were excited to focus in on girls that might show a passion or skill for the arts. In finding those girls, strategically teaching them skills that can help them develop their talents further.” By developing their talents, the girls will have the possibility to support themselves which could lower their risk of falling back into the sex trade substantially. “We want to bring them joy and hope,”Here is a video that covers the mural project. Every two years Valley Springs hosts an international conference called L’Abri. Shane was also asked to create an installation in the L. Frank James Gallery located within the church. L’Abri is a French word that means shelter. The first L’Abri community was founded in Switzerland in 1955 by Dr. Francis Schaeffer and his wife, Edith. Dr. Schaeffer was a Christian theologian and philosopher who also authored a number of books on theology, philosophy, general culture and the arts.