The Ford Institute for Human Security and Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership are co-sponsoring a photo exhibit by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Martha Rial, at 6 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 29 at the Gallery 937, 937 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh.
The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit, “In Uganda, A School to Call Home," will also include a community forum to discuss the importance of empowering children through education. Panelists will include:
- Dr. Louis A. Picard, Professor of International Development, University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA
- Victoria Nalongo Namusisi, a former journalist and government official who is recognized as an advocate for children living in poverty. She co-founded Bright Kids Uganda, in 2000, as a children’s home that provides housing, education, job training, and medical care for orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children.
- Brittany Cheeks and Nick Langston, students from the Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), who served as interns at these programs during summer 2016.
Martha Rial is an independent photographer based in Pittsburgh whose career is dedicated to photographing stories she believes are critical to understanding the human condition. In November 2015, she spent 15 days photographing in Uganda, an East African nation. As a result of the infamous civil war waged by Joseph Kony's Lord’s Resistance Army, Uganda has suffered tens of thousands of casualties, extreme torture and atrocities, and the dislocation of more than a million people. Nearly half the population is under the age of 15, and an estimated 2 million children have been orphaned.
The two projects she photographed—The Great Kings and Queens Children’s Centre and Bright Kids Uganda— have a connection to the Pittsburgh community. Pittsburghers have supported these projects financially and through educational outreach at the University Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). This exhibition is the culmination of a three-year planning process and the willingness of the subjects to share their life stories with the world.
“In Uganda, A School to Call Home” exhibit marks Rial’s first solo show since her 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning essay Trek of Tears, which captured the tragedy of Rwandans and Burundians displaced by ethnic conflict. Murray Horne, curator of visual arts for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, invited Rial to present her photographs from Uganda at Gallery Liberty 937. The exhibit opens on September 23, 2016 during the popular semi-annual Cultural Trust “Gallery Crawl” event.
The Ford Institute for Human Security
The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership