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Friday, November 18, 2011
Professors Claire Garoutte, Fine Arts, and Saheed Adejumobi, History/Global African Studies, worked with local Somali teens on a photographic project now on exhibit at Seattle University.
With a focus on first-generation youth, “Our Children, Our Voices” is a
multi-layered narrative. The teens focused on cultural heritage,
community, and citizenship. Seattle is home to the second largest Somali
population in the United States.
In addition to the photographs by the Somali teens, photographs by College of Arts and Sciences photography majors,
Jon Polka and Candace Shankel illustrate a year of activities from the
Yesler Terrace Neighborhood House Head Start program. The images are the
result of a long-term service-learning internship at Neighborhood
The photography component of “Our Children, Our Voices,” displayed in
the Vachon Gallery on the Seattle University campus, illustrates issues
of cross-cultural identity, assimilation, and education. The exhibit
runs through December 16.
“We brought together oral histories and photography to highlight the
activism and self-representation of this vibrant and often
misrepresented population,” said Garoutte.
The project began in July with a workshop involving Somali teens.
Photography and historical narratives were part of the weeklong program
at Seattle University.
“We had the opportunity to capture the multifaceted cross-cultural
experiences facing the Somali community in our city,” Adejumobi said.
“Through oral histories and photography, we highlighted into the issues
they confront every day.”
The project was funded by a grant from Humanities Washington and a Global Grant from Seattle University.
Claire Garoutte joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in
2006 and directs the photography program. Saheed Adejumobi joined the
college faculty in 2005 and teaches courses in African history, African
American history, and courses in African film and music with emphasis on
the intellectual history, aesthetics and politics of the Black
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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