Visual arts professor Su Friedrich presents Without Itinerary: Four Months in West Africa, an exhibition of 112 photographs and related materials.
From January to April 1976, Friedrich traveled through nine countries of North and West Africa. The trip was inspired by her childhood fascination with the continent and her studies with the political scientist Yakubu Saaka at Oberlin College.
During the four month trip, Friedrich filled three journals with accounts of her daily activities and—as an aspiring photojournalist—took black and white photographs with her Olympus camera.
As a young woman traveling alone, she was often invited to stay with people whom she met while hitchhiking, taking lorries or trains, or simply wandering the streets. As a result, many of the photographs in the exhibition feature the people who welcomed her into their homes. Samples of letters between Friedrich, her friends and family in the U.S., and her African hosts are also on display.
A few years after returning to New York, Friedrich shifted from photography to film and has since produced and directed 24 films. In 2017 she revisited the materials from her journey through West Africa and began writing the draft of a book, tentatively titled I Still Am, which she expects to complete later this year.
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