The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a special photo exhibit “ZoomUganda” during the month of September.
Directed by intercultural consultant Julie Resnick, the “ZoomUganda” project put cameras in the hands of a dozen Ugandan girls and had them document their lives and tell their own stories through their lenses.
The exhibit will be on display in the Hoffman Center Gallery Fridays, Sep. 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Resnick, a Manzanita resident, will discuss “Behind the Scenes of ZoomUganda” during a special reception Friday, Sep. 16 at 7 p.m.
“ZoomUganda empowered its participants to stand in the centers of their world and show you the view from there,” said Resnick. “Viewers can see what these girls experience as significant, as sacred: chores before and after the two-hour walk to school and back each day, a favorite goat, elderly relatives standing in for dearly departed parents, those parents’ many graves.”
Resnick said the project gave the girls an opportunity for further education, which is the “single most effective step a family, village, and country can take to build communities, improve health conditions, and foster economic growth.” She added, “Educating girls quite literally changes our world.”