The Youth//Dhalinyarada is a documentary project that intends to profile thirteen young Somali men living in Minnesota who are actively and positively engaged in their community. This project highlights the contributions these men are making to America, their adopted homeland. Furthermore, the subjects of these photographs share the conflict they feel in just trying to be themselves, and as much as they try to adapt, they often feel foreign at home here in Minnesota.
A multi-tiered approach is used in order to depict an in-depth portrait of these men. The first method is a traditional gallery show that will display thirteen large-format prints of the young men. In addition, a run of 2,000 16-page tabloid-sized newspapers will be printed that includes photos and abbreviated testimony of the participants for widespread distribution throughout the community. Later on, a book will be made that includes additional photos of the young men as well as testimony in both English and Somali recorded during the photo shoots.