On November 20, internationally renowned Magnum photographer Abbas will present an artist talk and discussion on religious tolerance as exemplified in the 66 photographs on view in "Children of Abraham", the exhibition that opens at the Arthur Ross Gallery. Since 1970 Abbas has documented through his camera lens the "political and social life of societies in conflict." This exhibition is the culmination of 13 years of research and travel by the artist to record the world religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
There is perhaps no timelier subject for community discussion at Penn than religious tolerance. Religious extremism and intolerance remain the source of many global conflicts today. A refugee of the Iranian Revolution, Abbas now lives in Paris, France. By bringing Abbas to Penn, we seek to engage faculty, students, and campus groups in dialogue, and to promote understanding of and respect for these religions.This is his first US exhibition devoted exclusively to the theme of religion.