Evening for Educators: Fazal Sheikh: Common Ground

March 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Fields Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

Human rights and dignity form the core of Fazal Sheikh’s photographs. For more than 25 years, he has worked with individuals experiencing displacement due to war, ethnic and religious strife, climate crises, and social banishment, inviting them to share their stories of hardship and perseverance. The Common Ground exhibition opens up a deeper understanding of refugee and immigrant experiences in Eastern Africa and South Asia and in Portland itself, asking students and visitors of all backgrounds to reflect on our experiences of displacement and understandings of home. Join us for a discussion of the exhibition, its relevance to Portland communities, and its connections to student learning.

Speakers include Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography; Subashini Ganesan, Portland Creative Laureate and Director of New Expressive Works; Mahad Hassan, Lutheran Community Services Northwest; Ali Ibrahim, Program Director Somali-American Council of Oregon; David Martinez, PPS Multicultural Curriculum Coordinator; and April Slabosheski, Education Manager, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

5:15 p.m. – Refreshments in the Sunken Ballroom
5:30 – 7:15 p.m. – Program in the Sunken Ballroom
7:15 – 8 p.m. – Self-guided visit to the exhibition

If you arrive before 5:15, please show your program ticket at the Museum entrance for free admission.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Fazal Sheikh, Abshiro Aden Mohammed, Women's Leader, Somali Refugee Camp, Dagahaley, Kenya, 2000.
Fazal Sheikh, Abshiro Aden Mohammed, Women’s Leader, Somali Refugee Camp, Dagahaley, Kenya, 2000, from the series A Camel for the Son. © Fazal Sheikh