Cameras See People, Not Politics Photo Exhibit Offers Glimpse of Middle East
Mistretta, Elisabeth, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Elisabeth Mistretta Daily Herald Staff Writer
At this point, the focus has been on the political debate regarding the Middle East.
But staff members at College of DuPage think it's important for suburbanites to understand the everyday people of the region, too.
"It seems to be a topic that is desperately needed right now," said Eva Maria Raepple, assistant professor of philosophy at the Glen Ellyn-based college.
To foster this knowledge, the college unveiled a photography exhibit this month titled, "Viewing Place and Space: A Window to Middle Eastern Cultures."
The 37-image display reveals aspects of life in Middle Eastern countries from the perspective of someone living in the region as opposed to an outsider looking in.
Photos were submitted by College of DuPage students and staff, as well as the general public. Some photographers are of Middle Eastern descent, while others visited countries in the region.
"It's an exhibit that comes at a time when the tensions are high in the Middle East, so I think it's very important to see the humanity instead of the political situation that is growing tense," said Raepple, who helped organize the exhibit.
A lecture series will accompany the display. An author, a guest professor and COD faculty member will present topics that complement the idea of examining daily life and traditions in the Middle East.
Listeners can learn more details about the artifacts, clothing, architecture and rituals they see in the photographs. The lectures will discuss issues that relate to the current threat of war between the United States and Iraq.
"It's important that the exhibit is connected with the lecture series. It's a forum for communication for people coming from different cultural backgrounds," Raepple said.
Even with both photographs and lectures, "Viewing Place and Space" does not incorporate each country in the region. It would be impossible, Raepple said, to do justice to every country or subculture in one exhibit.
For those who want a more detailed insight, the college launched a Web site that relates to the display and lectures. The site provides supplementary material, including a map of the region, descriptions, brief histories of each country and links for further reading. …