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Pulitzer Center Update November 29, 2016

FotoWeekDC 2016 Highlights

MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

For more than a century, many Western governments operated a network of Indian Residential Schools...

The Pulitzer Center exhibited two galleries during FotoWeekDC 2016. More than 7,500 people visited the various exhibits this year during FotoWeek.

"A Changing World?" was exhibited at the former Spanish Ambassador's Residence and included 10 images by Pulitzer Center student fellows curated by Jordan Roth. The exhibit featured selected work by our student fellows: Adam Janofsky, Brandice Camara, Jennifer Gonzalez, Julia Rendleman, Kassondra Cloos, Meghan Dhaliwal, Michelle Ferng, Paul Nevin, Rachel Southmayd, Reana Thomas, Steven E. Matzker, and Sydney Combs. They shot on location in countries now undergoing rapid transformation, from an organic farm in Cuba to a Maasai village in Tanzania, to a hospital in Guinea. The student fellows attended schools affiliated with our campus consortium initiative, a partnership between the Pulitzer Center, universities, and community

Daniella Zalcman's work, "Signs of Your Identity" was also exhibited during FotoWeekDC. Zalcman's work, curated by Evey Wilson, will remain up through January at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. This exhibit includes portraits of people who have survived Canada's Indian Residential Schools, a network of schools used to forcibly assimilate indigenous youth into white Canadian society. Because of this system, Canada's First Nations lost languages, ceremonies and their own identity. Zalcman's multiple exposure portraits explore the trauma of a few of the 80,000 living survivors by including harrowing quotes to accompany each portrait.

Zalcman also gave an artist talk on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at National Geographic about her work. About 40 people came out on the Saturday morning to listen about and engage in conversation about residential schools.


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