As Curator of Tanzania Exposed, my focus for the show was to highlight both student work along with indigenous artowrk from Tanzania. This show was developed after the Winter 2011 Study Abroad program to Tanzania through the University of Delaware. As one of the students in the program, we were immersed in the rich culture of the Iraqw, Hadzabe, and Maasai people. Each tribe welcomed us into their homes, where we learned about art, society, and life.
Tanzania Exposed highlighted beadwork, fabric kongas, head dresses, arrows, and spears. In their society, everything has a purpose, even their art. Woven basket and everyday tools are both beautiful as well as functional. The student contribution came from projects focusing on documentary photography, sketches, and journal entries.
In addition, the photograhs on display were available in a silent auction, where all proceeds went to the Dorobo Fund, an organization dedicated to the preservation of indigenious tribes in Tanzania.
For more information about the Dorobo Fund, visit them at their website: http://www.dorobofund.org/