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2009.10.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Photo, Video Exhibition Shines Light on Ethiopian Street Youth

Omaha - The photography and video work by Dr. Robert A. Franklin, general manager of UNO Television at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be on display Friday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Nov. 6 at the UNO Art Gallery.

“Spring Time of Life: The Street Youth of Addis Ababa” documents Dr. Franklin’s time spent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The exhibition is hosted by the UNO Department of Art and Art History.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Gallery on the west end of campus.

"The photographs are a snapshot of a few of the countless number of homeless youths living in poverty and other unimaginable conditions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia," Dr. Franklin said. "I witnessed the conditions that these children were forced to live in during my trip there. These youths' lives are being affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty and staggering homeless rates. Words or photographs alone cannot describe the pain and suffering these children endure on a daily basis."

"Wanting: Contemporary Artists Addressing Poverty" is also on view at the UNO Art Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Neville Murray, executive director of Love's Jazz and Art Center in Omaha.

The UNO Art Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (402) 554-2603.

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