Child Labor in Mica Mines

In 2009, when I was a 9 year old girl, I remember walking on mica rich soils. The soil shined against the bright sun and I instantly fell in love with this beautiful mineral. The next I heard of it was ten years later, when I learned about child labor attached to the mining of mica, and in my home country, India. I was determined to research this social issue in depth during my final year of college. Through vast research of understanding the problem and thinking of solutions, I want to use visual communication as a means to spread awareness.

A Virtual Reality Experience

We created a virtual reality experience with everything being remote during the pandemic. This experience was created on the platform VR All Art where we designed 3D structures and put them into a 3D space. That’s me checking out my structure wearing the VR Headset. This exhibition was featured in Arizona’s Wonderspaces Museum.

Working Around the Clock

While carrying a burden on their back, as they work eight hours a day, seven days a week only to earn twenty five cents a day, barely enough to feed themselves. Under all the Shimmer, Sparkle, and Shine of mica is a dark truth. The children are helpless, hungry, trapped and missing.

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