Photo Exhibition - “Islam in Africa: A Pilgrimage to Touba, Senegal” and “World Views: Ritual and Celebration in Global Culture”

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A two-part photo exhibition by photographer and Connecticut College alumnus David Katzenstein ’76. In “World Views,” Katzenstein has captured the daily lives and communal rituals of people on five continents, including Hindu ceremonies in rural India, Santeria rituals in Cuba, Zulu dancers in South Africa, Easter processions in Guatemala, Buddhist festivals in Bhutan, Islamic ceremonies in Egypt, Jewish worship in Israel and shamanism in the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu. In “Islam in Africa,” Katzenstein chronicles the pilgrimage of Mouride, a Sufi brotherhood based in Senegal who gather in the sacred city of Touba each year to commemorate the seven-year exile imposed on the founder of Mouride by French colonists in 1895. Katzenstein worked with Cheikh Fara Gaye, a Mouride disciple from Senegal now living in Philadelphia, to create “Islam in Africa.” Katzenstein and Gaye will give a lecture and lead a discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m in Room 014 of the Olin Science Center. There will be another gallery talk on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4:15 p.m., followed by a reception at 5 p.m. The Connecticut College Cummings Arts Center Galleries are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


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