The Atrium Gallery at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will feature the exhibit, “Respect for Life,” by Dora Muhammad, Sept. 8 to Oct. 2, with an opening reception on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Dora Muhammad is an artist, author and advocate for human rights. The artist’s passion for social equality encouraged her to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis, Missouri to document images and conduct interviews from women and mothers in response to the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. The intense level of community activism motivated Muhammad to capture the work of local and national organizations who were emotionally affected by the sequence of events.
“This work seeks to raise an awareness that will inform our conversations and ground our actions around public safety on the local level,” Muhammad said. “We each have a role to play in our circumference of life and fields of activity, but this work will call you to stretch into new spaces until we each connect in the arc of our common humanity.”
As a resident of Woodbridge and native of New York, Muhammad worked as an arts administrator for Autograph-ABP (Association of Black Photographers) while studying International Law and Human Rights at the University of London. She was recognized by Potomac Local and Prince William Leadership as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. With 20 years of work in government relations and public policy formation, Muhammad established The AWARE Project (Advocacy for Women's Activism, Rights and Empowerment) in 2010 for advocacy on issues relative to women's awareness, engagement, rights, empowerment and advancement.
Muhammad earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Documentary Photography, with a concentration in Magazine Production, a Master of Public Administration in 2012, and a Certificate in Theology/Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013.
The “Respect for Life” exhibit will be displayed on the fourth floor of the Seefeldt building on the Woodbridge Campus. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Respect for Life” is funded by private donors Gillis and Tarra Taylor. For further information concerning the exhibit, contact Gallery Manager Erin Devine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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