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Bearing Witness Through Photography
with Wendy Ewald
|Image: Fazal Sheikh, Sahan Mohamout Hussein and her daughter Leila, Feeding center, Somali refugee camp, Mandera, Kenya, 1993. Gelatin silver print. 16 x 11 ½ in. From Portraits (Steidl, 2011). Mead Art Museum, Gift of Fazal Sheikh in memory of Allan P. Albert (Class of 1967)|
Fazal Sheikh is a photographer who uses portraiture to bring to light the identity and circumstances of the world’s displaced people. His solemn portraits eschew the predatory nature of photojournalism, which thrives on brutal images of violence, poverty, and helplessness, to reveal individual stories of human dignity under devastating circumstances.
A display of photographs will follow the presentation 5:30–7:00 p.m.
William Green Study Room, Mead Art Museum
Sponsored by the Department of Art and the History of Art, in cooperation with The Mead Art Museum
with generous support from the Lamont Fund and the office of the President, Amherst College.