African in America
This documentary project uses photography, video, audio and poetry to discuss the many complexities of African migration; the possibilities, opportunities, obstacles, failures and successes of these journeys.The 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.
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.
In keeping with Duke University’s COVID-19 plan which includes instituting a series of social distancing practices to protect the health and continuity of the community, the public events, performances, and screenings for the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Spring Thesis Exhibition have been postponed to the Fall 2020 semester. Updated information and schedule details will be posted here, and additionally at mfaeda.duke.edu and across MFA|EDA, Duke Arts, and exhibition venue social media platforms.