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Photo exhibition focuses on West Africa's mentally ill people

An exhibition of work by French photographer Vince Fougere, focusing on mentally ill people in West Africa, is open to the public through Friday, March 21, at the Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall.

A reception marking the opening of the exhibition, "Africa's 'Lunatics,'" will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the gallery. Joao Biehl, an assistant professor of anthropology , will give remarks and introduce Fougere, the youngest winner of the Golden Eye Award, a prestigious French media honor.

Fougere traveled across West Africa from 1993 to 2001, photographing the region's seriously mentally ill people. His work was presented at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France, in 2001.

The exhibition, which opened Jan. 27, can be seen Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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