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Toward Freedom

Acclaimed photojournalist Irene Fertik shares a decade of images of Ethiopian communities establishing themselves in the environs of Israel and Los Angeles from 1992 through 2012. Through her photographs, Fertik allows us to view the beautiful and complex story of a people facing the challenges of starting anew in an unfamiliar land. The 42 images feature Ethiopian Jews who have relocated to their religious homeland, Israel and Ethiopians of various faiths who have made Los Angeles their home.

"I have known Irene Fertik, visual sociologist and photographer, for almost two decades. Irene is a creative woman who chose a unique lens through which to see us, the Ethiopian community in Israel, clearly and at our best. When one takes a look at her photographs, one gets the feeling that she has "zoomed in" not only on peoples' faces, eyes, or bodies but on their souls. It seems that in each new photograph she succeeds in reaching and preserving the most optimistic parts of her subjects. These parts and moments convey hope."Shula Mola - Chair, Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ)
Exhibition Programs

Artist Walkthrough and Reception: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Join us for an exhibition walkthrough with photojournalist Irene Fertik from 1pm-2pm, followed by refreshments from 2pm - 4pm.