The Somali Diaspora: A Journey Away

Photographs by Abdi Roble

January 23 – May 30, 2009

Somali-born photographer Abdi Roble has been documenting the diaspora of the Somali population for five years. This exhibition presents fifty-five black-and-white images that document the transition of Somali communities from Africa to the United States, from refugee status to becoming an integral part of American society. Included are photographs made in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Columbus, Ohio; and Maine—home to three of the larger Somali communities in the USA. Several photographs trace one family’s journey from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya to their arrival in California and subsequent resettlement in Maine.