Thursday, August 6, 2015

Arab Museum Exhibit Depicts Lives of Somali Men in Minnesota

An exhibit depicting the lives of young Somali men in Minnesota has opened at the Arab American National Museum — the first time it has featured artists or subjects from the African nation of Somalia.

The Dearborn museum is showing “The Youth/Dhallinyarada,” black and white portraits with video and text. Photographer Mohamud Mumin plans to speak Sept. 11 at the museum.

Museum director Devon Akmon says it’s important to “shine a light on a community that hasn’t been highlighted” and reflect “changes in immigration from Arab countries.”

He adds the exhibit supports efforts “to dispel stereotypes.”

Investigators have said a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants. Since 2007, about two dozen Somali men have also traveled to Somalia to join terrorist group al-Shabab.

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