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.

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While we carry out numerous activities throughout our day that utilise mica, children are spending all of their time, risking their lives in the mines. This video shines light on these two activities that are happening in contrasting worlds that we live in. 

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.

Research

This book documents my research and process while documenting my senior year experience.

Still confused?

If you’re like me and prefer listening than reading, here’s a 5 minute video to get a deeper insight of the issue and a few things you could do to help out!

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