May Gallery Presents Elizabeth L. Gilbert: Histories in Africa, 20 Years of Photography- 4/5/13

Great Rift ValleyWebster University's May Gallery will open the exhibit “Elizabeth L. Gilbert: Histories in Africa, 20 Years of Photography” on Friday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.  The May Gallery is located on the second floor of the Sverdrup complex, 8309 Big Bend, on Webster's campus. Gilbert will speak about her work at noon on Friday, April 5, in Sverdrup, room 101. Both events are free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Gilbert has been working as a photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya, for many years. She moved to Africa in 1991 to work as a photojournalist. She worked first as a war photographer, but since 1998 has been documenting the rapidly changing customs and rituals of the Maasai, Samburu, Mursi, Karo, Hamar, and Batwa peoples of the Great Rift Valley. She has documented ancient traditions before they disappear, and brought the photographs back to the people so that they can see and react to their own images.

Gilbert's images of conflicts and cultural issues in Somalia, Rwanda, and other East African countries have appeared in “Time,” “Newsweek,” “Life,” and “The New York Times,” as well as numerous major European publications. She is the author of “Broken Spears: A Maasai Journey” and “Tribes of the Great Rift Valley.”

Gilbert will introduce her new documentary film “The Last Safari,” which will screen at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in the Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., on Webster's campus. The film is free and open to the public.

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