Photos by international photographer and poet, Marla Mossman, will be on display through Sept. 28 in the BSC Library's Gannon Gallery. A public reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the gallery.
The exhibit contains images of people and places taken along the Silk Road between China and the Middle East. Her most recent endeavor, the Peace Caravan Project, has taken her from Turkey to Syria, Jordan and Israel. Photos from this trip are featured in her exhibit, "The Journey of One Woman in Search of Her Religious and Cultural Heritage."
Mossman has made the Silk Road trip six times to document the Mediterranean terminus of the ancient trade route and the desert origins of the world's three great religions. She structured her work within the Peace Caravan Project, photographing places of historical and religious significance mentioned in the Bible, Torah, Koran and Vedas.
"My photography strives to portray the human condition, representing people in their most natural surroundings, Mossman writes. "The images from photographic trips to northern, India in 1996, Turkey in 2004-7, Afghanistan in 2005, the Middle East in 2007-8, and most recently China in 2010, illustrate the people and landscapes of the Silk Road. They reflect my style of photography and the type of subjects that convey the essence of the Silk Road as seen in my exhibitions, book and presentations, and on the Peace Caravan website."
Born in Michigan, raised in Canada and now living in New York City, Mossman has helped start or found three nonprofit organizations that promote arts, education and healthcare, as well as the Peace Caravan Project. She also has traveled extensively in Europe and the United Kingdom, Peru, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal and Indonesia, and has backpacked the Himalayas, Inca Trail and the High Sierras.
The BSC Elsa Forde Gallery in Schafer Hall will have landscapes of North Dakota by local artist Richard Fiddler through September.
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