Students in Eran DeSilva's Contemporary Social Issues class recently took a walking field trip to San Jose State University's Thompson Gallery to view artist Jonathan Fung's video art installation, Prey, and learn from the author. Students discussed the intersection of art and justice and the atrocity of sexual exploitation through the metaphoric and symbolic meaning of Prey.
Created to raise awareness of human trafficking, Prey is comprised of 350 toy alphabet blocks, each bearing the photo of a child, symbolizing an innocent childhood stolen through trafficking. Installed in the corner, like a trapped child, the blocks dangle from overhead lines. A video of a young girl playing on a carousel is projected on the blocks and the walls behind them.
Jonathan Fung has been one of Notre Dame's community partners for the past five years and has mentored students as they complete their Senior Service Learning Projects in the area of human trafficking. He is a lecturer in San Jose State's Art & Art History Department and teaches photography through a social justice and narrative lens. He has also been a frequent guest speaker in Notre Dame classes, sharing his experience and knowledge about social justice, art and faith.