Uprooted and Dispossessed


Uprooted and Dispossessed:

Portraits of Women Caught in Conflict and Colonialism

Photographs by Samer Muscati
This 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival FEATURED EXHIBIT will be on display throughout May.

This exhibition offers a moving account of the shifting fates of women and girls in a period of profound global transition. It features his most recent work with Human Rights Watch, which documents the plight of women in Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Kenya, Zambia, and Canada.

As a researcher for Human Rights Watch for seven years, Samer Muscati documented the aftermath of some of humanity’s darkest acts. His special area of concentration was international women’s rights in conflict areas, with a particular emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. Gathering the testimony of his subjects was often harrowing, and Muscati found photography invaluable in processing his own experience. He often shared the portraits with the women he is interviewing, finding that the medium served as a kind of bonding agent.

Organized by Sarah Milroy and Simone Wharton

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When: May 2–31, 2018, all day
Where: Main Hallway, Hart House
Cost: Free

This exhibit has been named one of “20 must-see shows at Contact Photography Festival 2018” by NOW Magazine >

Hart House, the historic centre for the arts, dialogue and community engagement at the University of Toronto, is honoured to host this important exhibit in its main floor “Talking Walls” space.

This event is a partnership between Human Rights Watch and Hart House.


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