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Existing on the Margins: life and poverty in the D.R.

January 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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through the eyes of photographer Gerald Lee Hoffman

This is a photo exhibit of children and adults living and working on the streets and the landfill city known as La Mosca in and around the city of Santiago, Dominican Republic.

The work was the result of a service-learning project in which Hoffman was involved while living in SW Florida. Volunteering with the non-profit group Global Community Engagement, which facilitated alternative spring break programs for college students and later high school students, Hoffman brought young people from both places together using cameras as a tool to connect them while exploring a reality many would view as harsh, if not impossible to imagine. These are Hoffman’s photographs documenting what he saw and experienced.

“Even though these images were taken in 2007, I still find it very hard to describe how it felt to bear witness to this level of poverty, this existence, especially in the trash dump known as La Mosca. It rocked my world. To this day, I am filled with emotion about it. Looking at these images, I have conflicted feelings. But that’s my perception. This is their life. I also witnessed their simple joy. We may consider it living on the edge, but who are we to judge?”

This exhibit was created for and remains dedicated to the vision and work of Dr. Ingrid Martinez-Rico, who suffered traumatic brain injury in 2008, and Dr. Craig Heller, founders of Global Community Engagement.


January 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
1800 Monongahela Avenue
Swissvale, PA 15218 United States
(412) 731-2300


Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale