The Dominican Student Association will bring more than its traditional food and vibrant music to the International Education Week. This year DSO will open a photograph exhibition which will portrait the Dominican culture in the countryside.
Western Michigan University will have the opportunity to undertake a cultural journal throughout the rural areas of the Dominican Republic, which social context and natural landscape are not well-known by the international community.
The exhibition will present the work of Miguel Alejandro Jimenez, a Dominican graduate student at WMU, who has been related to the professional photography arena since 2010. He says that his inspiration for this project was to show the social reality of the people who live outside of the cities, and bring their culture not only to foreign countries, but also to the urban areas of the Dominican Republic.
“Photography for me is passion,” and most of the times it allows you to describe more clearly than what the words can do, says Jimenez.
Jenny Duran, the DSO Activities Director, says that this exhibition will offer a different perspective of the Dominican culture on campus.
“We are very excited about this event, because it will be a great chance for students and faculty as well to learn more about our culture by a new and attractive approach that has never been shown before” said Duran.
“This year, the Dominican Night is especially intriguing because the unique point of view of the Dominican Student Association is portraying an unseen aspect of the Dominican culture,” said Craig VanGalder, the International Student Activities Adviser. “I expect an attendee to see a glimpse of everyday life throughout the island.”
The Dominican Night will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in Kanley Chapel.