Refugee Child Brides by Sara Paola Francesca Longo (Italy)

Sara Paola Francesca Longo 1378713_10151657052505672_1484038425_nA news report: “Research by women’s right organisations purports that the prevalence of child marriage is not due to lack of awareness about the concerns of the practice, but due to the social prejudice that girls face. While reports are inconclusive as to the rate of increase of child marriages among refugee populations, it is still an issue that requires immense scrutiny. Beyond the usual dangers of child marriage (early pregnancy, poor health), refugees marrying now face additional dangers. Some refugees can’t pay dowries anymore and with the limited to non-existent paperwork now needed, girls face hasty marriages as well as “pleasure marriages.” These pleasure marriages are nothing short of prostitution; the man divorces the girl shortly after consummation.”

Italian native Sara Longo found her escape from the banality of urban life through the use of colours. Though she gained a Degree at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where she was born and raised, Sara’s work is more influenced by her adventures traveling around the world, and experiencing life in different countries. She has been painting for many years as the main local artist at the Revival Art Gallery, Vancouver B.C. and Amstel Art Galleries Milan-London. Finding herself moved by the places and experiences encountered on her way, she seeks to share these stories through her work.

Sara finds inspiration in things that show their true beauty, and she seeks to reveal that some frequently overlooked or dismissed views are actually beautiful and extraordinary. Sara Longo’s fluid, dripping style lends itself to her subject matter. A blatant disregard for sugar-coating, flattery, or being consumed by technical perfection is replaced by a respect for her subjects as she finds them. She relentlessly strives to render them with a balance of vision and reverence (Painting: Refugee Child Bride)

Follow Freedom (Mandela Day)

Follow Freedom by Sara Longo

I am inspired by Mandela’s words: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”

“The reason I want to be a World Citizen Artist is that I always wanted to use my creative skills to create a kind of art that could be useful for a bigger cause such as raising awareness. I have always considered myself a citizen of the world, and I am well aware of the fact that we are all connected and should be helping one another. So, finally, I feel that I found a community of artists with the same purpose as myself.”

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