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The Exile Poster Project: A Slideshow

Portland Christians confront their city’s sex trafficking problem with public art.
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"One instant. One glance. That's all a good poster needs to charge a mind with a new thought." Such is the premise on which illustrator Martin French founded the Exile Poster Project, a collection of 20 posters now up on Portland's streets, City Hall, and the Capitol in Salem, Oregon. The posters, created by believers in Portland's secular art community, are designed to draw attention to the sexual exploitation of children, a known problem in the City of Roses. They do so with stark, arresting symbols that stay with the average citizen for days. "When it comes touncomfortable topics, we can all become experts inavoidance. But posters are almost impossible to avoid," says French, who spoke with editorial director Katelyn Beaty this fall.

The following images are from the Exile Poster Project, which debuted this spring at Imago Dei Community's art space.

Rethinking the $3,000 Missions Trip

Rethinking the $3,000 Missions Trip

When I learned that kids in my city couldn't swim, I started to rethink how much I'd invested in overseas missions.
Furniture Fit for the Kingdom

Furniture Fit for the Kingdom

For Harrison Higgins, building beautiful furniture is not simply a steady job but a sacrament unto God.
Faith in a Fallen Empire

Faith in a Fallen Empire

Detroit's list of maladies is long. But some Christians' commitment to its renewal is longer.
'Daddy, Why Do People Steal from Us?'

'Daddy, Why Do People Steal from Us?'

How I answered the question would prove crucial to addressing racial divides in our D.C. neighborhood.

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Ed

November 04, 2011  4:28am

While I can admire the artwork, all of the posters seem to have a high level of sophistication to them. I just wonder if this is more of a nod to Portland's cultural scene, than to the intelligence level of the sex offenders, existing and potential, that these posters are attempting to speak to.

cornelia seigneur

November 04, 2011  2:02am

Martin French is an amazing artist, visionary and person. God is using Him to impact culture through his artistic talent. Martin is also an incredibly humble generous person with his art. He gives of his time so often to create posters and logos to non-profits -- he did a great job with the CT This is Our City logo ...and back in April, Martin designed the logo for our Faith & Culture Writers Conference- So glad you featured Martin! Cornelia Seigneur

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