Kane County Hospital (KHC) presents, Faces of Mali, a Utah Arts & Museums Traveling Exhibition featuring photographs of village life in western Africa that opens a window for viewers into a region with a 600-year history as a center for scholarship and trade. Faces of Mali will be exhibited at Kane County Hospital from March 30 through May 2, 2017.

The images of Mali villagers were captured by Edgar Gomez-Palmieri and Yeah Samake during recent working visits.. Gomez-Palmieri is co-founder of the Utah Ecopartnership. Samake is president of Empower Mali, a Sandy-based organization that builds village-owned and operated schools.

“The people of rural Mali have a culture rich in tradition and history and it is delightful that people all over Utah will be able to enjoy this photo essay,” said Samake. “Many Utahns already have a positive connection with Malians by helping us explore and record our ancestry, build schools and better educate our children.”

For five years, a Utah-based biotech firm collected DNA and family history information from Malians in the process of creating the world’s largest repository of correlated genetic genealogical information. Sandy-based Empower Mali helps Mali villages to build schools.

Today’s Republic of Mali includes the legendary Saharan desert city of Timbuktu, a name once used as shorthand for remoteness from Western civilization, which was a crossroads for ancient commercial routes and is believed to have established one of the world’s first universities in the 14th century. Mali has a population of 13 million today and is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranking 174 of 175 in measures of wealth.

Faces of Mali exhibit is sponsored by two Utah-based non-profit organizations and the Embassy of Mali. It was first displayed in October 2009 at the Salt Lake City-County Building and was opened by Mali Minister of Secondary Education and Research Ginette Bellegarde, Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City and Samake

Faces of Mali will be exhibited at Kane County Hospital, 355 N. Main, Kanab, Utah. KCH lobby is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information on viewing the exhibition, please call 435-644-4161 or go to www.KCHosp.net.

Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on participating in the program, please contact Fletcher Booth at fbooth@utah.gov or call 801.824.9177.

Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.