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Katrina Research Center to host Public Reception for Opening Doors Exhibit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund - 228.865.4573   

The Katrina Research Center, located on the third floor of the library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, will host a reception for the exhibit “Opening Doors: A Photographic Look at What We All Have in Common” on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Beginning in fall 2008, disposable cameras were given to 15 immigrants from various Latin American countries who are living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The participants were asked to chronicle their lives using photography. When the participants returned the cameras, project organizers enlarged the photographs to display for the exhibit.

“It’s a rare chance to see how immigrants see themselves and their world here in Mississippi,” said Anne Kotleba, community arts coordinator with the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. “We tried to get a mixture of people from different cultures, countries and experiences.”

With more than 40 photographs in the exhibit, the images captured by the participants vary from their jobs, family and environment. In addition to the photographs, the participants included captions for each image they captured. Some described what they were photographing and others described their emotions while taking a particular photo.

The reception will feature live music and refreshments provided by El Rancho and Los Tres Amigos Mexican restaurants. The exhibit, sponsored by El Pueblo and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, will be available through Oct. 5.

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. The Katrina Research Center is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2-6 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 228.214.3423.

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