James Madison University

Doctoral Student’s Photography Exhibited at Forbes Center

November 13, 2013

PHOTO: Daria White

Daria White, a doctoral student in our Counseling and Supervision Program, is also a talented photographer!  Her exhibit, "Balkan Women," featured 20 dramatic photographs and narratives that bore witness to the historical traumas of elderly Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, and Roma women in Bulgaria.  It was displayed in the Forbes Center Lobby at JMU, from October 29, to November 3, and accompanied the featured play, “Trojan Women” by Euripides, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, and directed by Ingrid DeSanctis.  Presenting the Balkan women’s portraits along with narratives in their own words, Daria’s exhibit honored the resilience of these women by celebrating their wisdom, spirituality, compassion, and hope.

A reception held the first night of the exhibit featured an introduction by the play’s director, dramatic readings of selected narratives by the actors, and an overview of the photographs and narratives by Daria. The attendees included the general public, Daria’s family, a Bulgarian visitor, and students and faculty members from both James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University.