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not Natasha
Dana Popa

not Natasha
Dana Popa
Autograph ABP

Edited by Mark Sealy and Emma Boyd


126 pages
156 x 134 mm
ISBN 9781899282081


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moldova is one of the main trafficking source countries for women and children. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 400,000 women have been sold into sex work abroad. In Moldova, Dana Popa worked with the International Organization for Migration Shelters and Winlock International where she was given access to photograph and document the experiences of 17 women who had been trafficked. In 2008 Autograph ABP commissioned Popa to return to Moldova where she began to collect the stories of the disappeared and photographed the families, the homes and in some cases the children who have been left behind. Finally, she returned to the UK where she documented the spaces where trafficked women work as sex workers in the brothels of Soho in London. This book, not Natasha, represents the narrative of Popa’s project through collected stories and images. Natasha is a nickname given to sex workers with Eastern European looks.

About the Artist
Dana Popa was born in Romania and currently bases herself in the UK. They have completed the MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at London College of Communication. Dana’s interests lie within contemporary social issues, with a particular emphasis on human rights and has been working mostly in Eastern Europe and the UK.

About the Publisher
Autograph’s mission is to enable the public to explore identity, representation, human rights and social justice through work produced by artists who use photography and film

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