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December Issue 2010

Furman University in Greenville, SC, Features Works by Robert E. Gerhardt, Jr.

Furman University in Greenville, NC, is hosting the exhibit, Life on the Border: The Karen People of Burma, featuring photographs by Robert E. Gerhardt, Jr., on view in the Thompson Gallery in the Roe Art Building through Dec. 10, 2010. On display will be 30 of Gerhardt's black-and-white gelatin silver photographs.

The photographs illustrate the plight of the Karen people of Burma who have been fighting a civil war for independence against the Burmese military junta since 1948.

Dubbed a "visual sociologist," Gerhardt originally sought to photograph the Mae Tao Clinic in the Mae Sot area (Thailand) where many of the Karen have fled to escape the fighting. Gerhardt's work expanded to photograph not only the clinic but the lives of the Karen in and around Mae Sot. The images are used by the clinic to help raise awareness of the Karen and the problems they face on a daily basis.

Gerhardt's Life on the Border has been showing around the country. His work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. After receiving his undergraduate degree in sociology with a concentration in anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross, Gerhardt went on to earn his MFA in photography from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or contact the Furman Art Department at 864/294-2074.


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