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Besa: Albanian Muslims

  • 26 Apr 2011
  • 29 May 2011
  • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2011

 

Norman Gershman, an American photographer, traveled to Albania and Kosovo following the Holocaust to chronicle the tales of the righteous Albanians and their devotion to Besa, an Albanian code of honor, which means “to keep the promise.” Gershman’s portraits serve as representations of the character of each individual depicted, as well as historical documentation of the Albanian Resistance. Each portrait, which often illuminates the presence of an artifact, is accompanied by a personal statement of the individual’s honorable act.  Through subtle portraiture, Gershman is able to communicate the honor, faith, and altruism of Albanian rescuers during the Holocaust.

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