Over the past 10 years, an estimated 10,000 sugarcane workers have died from the CKDnT (Chronic Kidney Disease of non Traditional Causes) epidemic in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, and has claimed over 20,000 lives in all of Central America.

Artists Ed Kashi, Tom Laffay, and Aubrey Roemer have all worked in collaboration with the public health and human rights NGO, La Isla Foundation, to document and expose the CKDnT epidemic as both a public health crisis and a systemic abuse of human rights.

As visual storytellers they have comprehensively chronicled the faces and stories of this silent epidemic through photography, filmmaking, and painting by rooting their processes in the concrete medical and scientific research.

In a multi-media exhibition campaign, titled ‘Facing an Epidemic,’ theses artists put aesthetic practice to social use in powerful and giving ways, bringing support to ongoing human rights work and medical relief for those affected; striving to make change on this under reported issue.