Spotlight on Photographer Wejdan Ba-Arma’ Wayne State University Student and Temporary Contemporary Art Exhibit Undergrad Participant.
Temporary Contemporary Exhibit
Took place at Wayne State University
42 W Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Thank you for agreeing to this interview with zoomdune.com. Tell us about yourself?
My name is Wejdan Ba-Arma. I’m an American/Saudi Marketing student at Wayne State University (WSU).
Where do you live in the City of Detroit?
I live in Midtown Detroit with my siblings, who also go to WSU. I decided to attend WSU because the university offered all three majors that my siblings and I were interested in studying. I also have family in Michigan so my mother thought it would be best if we could go to a school that was near our family since we were coming from abroad.
Explain the photographic theme behind Temporary Contemporary?
The event exhibited black and white photographs of the people and places of Detroit. The photographs were taken and printed by the beginning photography and the intermediate photography students of WSU.
There were twenty-one photographers, including myself, that participated in the exhibit. The participants were, Ruwaida Ba-arma, Nicole Cieślik, Patrick Densmore, Miles Grandstaff, Angelique Harrison, Alaina Hatherley, Scott Hinson, Alvin Holguin, Andrea Hull, Rola Kadi, Demetrius Mahone, Sean McQueeney, Idrees Mutahr, Angélica Pfluck, Jena Smoyer, Mhiles Tecson, Kaylah Thomas, Chris Washington, Pat White, and Tom White.
We also distributed handmade buttons. Each button featured a photo from the photographers of Temporary Contemporary. We wanted to make these buttons more special, so we added the names of the photographers on the back, so each person that received a button knew who took the photograph.
Do you feel the event was a success?
I believe the event was a success because we were able to meet a lot of new people, especially students, who were able to see that we are more than a class; we are a community. With our photographs, we were able to present Detroit in a beautiful and positive way that many people don’t often see.
This event was just the first step in our plan. We plan on moving Temporary Contemporary to different neighborhoods this summer to show our photographs to people that don’t usually frequent galleries and to show them how wonderful Detroit truly is. We haven’t decided which neighborhood is next, but we will be updating our schedule on the Temporary Contemporary Facebook page.
Thanks again for the interview, Wejdan Ba-Arma’! I’m sure we will be hearing more from you in the future.
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