Portrait of a Brooklyn Masjid
The exhibition features black and white photographs depicting the
lives of Muslim Americans. “Muslim/American, American/Muslim:
Portrait of a Brooklyn Masjid” was an opportunity for Gerhardt to
focus on the cultural misunderstandings of which Muslim Americans
are faced with daily.
Gerhardt’s interest in a reportage surrounding this particular
group of people grew out of a controversy over converting an unused
convent on Staten Island in New York into a mosque and community
center. As American citizens simply looking for a place to practice
their religion of choice, they have often been greeted with
protests, discrimination and even violence.
He states, “My goal for this project, then, is to try to understand
and document the intersection between ‘Muslim’ and ‘American’,
since the latter part of this community’s identity is often
forgotten I began photographing for this project on the first night
of Ramadan in 2010, and I continue to make photographs through the
Gerhardt also hopes that his series brings a curiosity of a
culture; to create a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in
America that attempts to erase the boundaries that engender a sense
of “them” and begin to foster a sense of “us.”
August 31 - October 28, 2011
The exhibition is on display at the St. John’s University’s
Manhattan campus Mezzanine Gallery.
Curated by Claudia Sbrissa
In Conjunction With
Making Meaning of 9/11: Local
Impacts, Global Implications
This exhibition is free of charge and accessible to the
For information and directions call (718) 990-7476.