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Native: Photography by Yousuf Zafar

When: May 31-June 11 2016



We usually think of cultural diversity in the context of difference. But in Native, photographer Yousuf Zafar offers a counterintuitive perspective: he is after what makes us all alike. In his lush color photographs of working-class life in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Central and South America, he looks beyond superficial variations in dress and regional culture to focus on the deeper commonalities of land and sea, work and play, striving and sustenance. The exhibit "challenges the notion that cultural identity is unique," writes Zafar, who was born in Pakistan, raised in Ohio, and now lives in Durham. "In light of our similarities, what does it mean to be native?" He'll also probe that question at an artist talk, at 7:30 p.m. on June 9, before the show closes with a reception at 6 p.m. on June 11. —Brian Howe

THE CARRACK MODERN ART, DURHAM Noon–6 p.m. Tue.–Fri./2–5 p.m. Sat., free,

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