Robert Gerhardt

Muslim/American American/Muslim

2016 Exhibit Dates
Jan 14 To Mar 04

On September 11, 2001, there were innumerable casualties: lives claimed, loved ones shattered by grief, and another casualty that still struggles to be acknowledged. Muslim Americans have faced the brunt of serious cultural misunderstanding, discrimination, and acts of violence due to their perceived relation to the attackers.

This series documents the intersection between "Muslim" and "American," since the latter part of this community's identity is often forgotten. It aims to encourage a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in America and erase the boundaries that engender a sense of "them" and begin to foster a sense of "us." This project began on the first night of Ramadan in 2010 and continues through the present day.

Robert Gerhardt received his BA in Anthropology/Sociology and Art History from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and his MFA in Photography from the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe and is in a number of private collections. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1999.

NYPD Traffic Officer at Prayer, Park 51, Manhattan, NY, 2012, gelatin silver print, 16" x 20"