“Esse Quam Videri: Mulsim Self Portraits” Exhibit Opening

An exhibit of 20 self-portraits of Muslims in North Carolina and Bahrain by photographer Todd Drake will open Thursday, Sept. 8, at 4:45 p.m. with a reception and artist’s talk on the first floor of Rubenstein Hall at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Drake collaborated with the subjects of the portraits to create the images and texts on display. The photographs show Muslims from a variety of communities and backgrounds, from the Carolina Cyclones, a Muslim women’s basketball team celebrating a victory, to a young man in traditional dress striding confidently on a street in Bahrain.

During the opening, Drake will talk about the project, which includes a website, and how he worked with each individual to find the images and words to express the reality of being a contemporary Muslim.

Currently an artist in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Global Initiatives, Drake began working with the center as a 2004-2005 Rockefeller Fellow and first developed this project for the center.

This exhibit is part of a series of events: “Reflecting on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001,” held by Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

Immediately following the reception, Juan Zarate, former National Security Adviser for Counterterrorism, will give the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “9-11: After a Decade and After Bin-Laden” at 6 p.m. in Fleishman Commons.

The exhibit will run until Nov. 19. Its co-sponsors include the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Duke University Middle Eastern Studies Center, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, and UNC Center for Global Initiatives.

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