“Do You Even Know Me?” Exhibition Held to Foster Understanding
By Matt McCormack
Photos and self-descriptions reveal a slice of the inner lives of Westminster community members.
Located in the Johnson College Inn’s (JCI) glass music room, “Do You Even Know Me?,” a temporary exhibition, showcases 22 members of the campus community. The purpose of the exhibit is to reveal a diverse college and to learn not to judge people based on their appearances, according to a message released to the campus by Westminster Fellow, Abdullah Al-Hadeethi.
The exhibit features candid portraits of students and faculty shot in black and white, with a brief autobiographical paragraph publically sharing the subject’s major life struggles and triumphs.
“I think these types of exhibits allow the Westminster community to come together to know the people in their community better.” –Exhibit subject Fatima Jafari, ’18
Among those highlighted is Fatima Jafari, a freshman from Afghanistan. Jafari said the exhibit struck a chord with her because she has a passion for photography. While attending school in Afghanistan, she was exposed to a photography project called, “We the People.” The project not only allowed Jafari to fall in love with photography, but it also helped her to learn what makes a good picture.
“I like taking pictures because it’s a nice way to show the reality to the world,” she said.
When contacted about becoming part of the exhibit, Jafari knew she had to accept the invitation because of the potential impact photography can have on viewers. “Photography is very powerful,” she said.
Students filled the Glass Music Room during the opening day of the exhibit. Some of the students who were showcased on the wall were also in attendance. Jafari said: “I was really surprised by the number of people on the opening day of the exhibit. I appreciated it. I think these types of exhibits allow the Westminster community to come together to know the people in their community better.”