Self portraits

Self portraits

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Three Eleven Sixteen






This painting is for my friends at Somali Health Solutions -




Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ten Ten Fifteen -

We saw the exhibition of two young mentees to Mohamud Mumin at MCAD. (http://mcad.edu/events-fellowships/bridging-silence)
Muna Ahmed made photos which show the darker side of Cedar Riverside apartments -- desolate, isolated and lonely. Not my view, I argued; but, that might be the difference between visiting during the day for work, and living in these apartments. A friend, Nimco, lived there, and, concerned for her daughters' safety, moved out, saying there were scary men in the stairwells at night. The sad news last week of a young girl being raped in the hallway http://admin.wday.com/news/crime/3855973-minneapolis-man-charged-raping-10-year-old-girl-apartment-hallway along with Muna's photos lead me to understand a different view, an "insider" view, of the high-rises -- like the one called simply "Cedar," -- and, maybe also a little insight into my own naïveté.

The photos and video by Khadijah Charif were made back in Kenya and Ethiopia, and, in contrast to those made here in Mpls, show lively, cheerful camaraderie  -- children playing, everyone healthy and out in nature, families together, celebrating. The video, shot on a relative's farm - milking goats, bringing water up from the well -- illustrates the sweet nostalgia of daily life I've heard much about from the elders.

Also in the exhibit -  the Dugsi children's artworks -- and, especially touching at the opening to see the big sister signing to her little brother, and children playing in the hallways at MCAD.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hey, Aren't You Somebody?

At Hennepin Hustory Museum until September 13th - Don't miss it!

Portrait installation at "Hey, Aren't You Somebody?" top row, l to r ~ Salah, Bobo, Jenny, Pete, Mune; middle row ~ Bill, Osman, Sarah, Lu, Frank; (dog portraits) bottom row ~ Kari, Abdiweli, Diane
The museum curator is an incurable ailurophile;
from the gallery entrance ~ front center - portrait of Frank; l - portraits by Pam; r - weavings by Ubah and Nura

Portraits and weavings installed in "Hey, Aren't You Somebody?" at Hennepin History Museum




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Somali Independence Day 2015

Lake Street, Minneapolis
June 13, 2015

I asked this young girl, " Ma nabad baa?"  and she said, "Take my picture!"













Monday, March 9, 2015

Photos from International Women's Day ~ Minneapolis, MN ~ March 8, 2015

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Pamela Gaard

Photo by Ahmed Laarri
Photo by Puntland Post

Photos from International Women's Day event at Safari Restaurant and Event Center in Minneapolis