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Date & Time
March 30, 2020April 11, 2020
Free; open to all during visiting hours. Visiting Hours
Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708 United States

This project focuses on and dives into the lives of people from various countries across Africa who cross seas on a transatlantic journey to the Unites States, “The Land of Opportunity.” Many flee the African continent for many reasons. Others come to chase the “American Dream.” Many have survived. Many have died. This documentary using photography, video, audio, and poetry discusses the many complexities of African migration; the possibilities, opportunities, obstacles, failures and successes of these journeys.

About the Artist

Fati Abubakar is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, public health worker from Nigeria who was born and raised in Maiduguri, Borno State. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master’s degree in Public health and Health Promotion. She specializes in documenting cities, towns highlighting both the positives and negatives of each location. She focuses on health perspectives, using photography as a medium to highlight the problems at community level. She specializes in documenting cultures, conflict, urban poverty, rural development and humanitarian issues. She also has a keen interest in counter narratives for underrepresented communities. She has been published in media outlets including NPR, The Guardian, AFP, The New York Times, BBC, Reuters, CNN, Voice of America, Newsweek Europe, Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and the Blueprint. She has been commissioned to work with UNICEF, International Alert, Action Aid and more.

About the MFA|EDA Program

The Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, established in 2011, couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a rigorous two-year program. For more than three decades, Duke has demonstrated leadership in documentary arts, film and video, and visual studies. Drawing upon this commitment to the arts, as well as the university’s existing strengths in historical, theoretical and technological scholarship, the MFA|EDA offers a distinct learning environment that sees interdisciplinary education as a benchmark for significant creativity, innovation, and documentary storytelling. More information on the program, faculty, curriculum and application guidelines is available on the MFA|EDA website at Additional inquiries may be sent to

Special Thanks

The MFA|EDA program is grateful to the following organizations for their support of the artists and exhibitions: Duke University Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University, Power Plant Gallery, Fredric Jameson Gallery, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, NorthStar Church of the Arts, Campus Center Arts, Cassilhaus, Duke Sculpture Studio, and Rubenstein Arts Center.

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