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Lesbos, Greece, October 2015: A father celebrates with his child on the Greek island of Lesbos after a stormy crossing with his family over the Aegean Sea from Turkey.Photo by: Tom Stoddart
Apr 23, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Through images created by five internationally acclaimed artists, REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The exhibit features photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States.
With the number of displaced people having reached 65.3 million globally, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, this timely exhibition and film allows audiences to engage with aspects of the plight of refugees not previously encountered, and to reflect on a full range of refugee experiences through singular images. The compelling exhibit offers visitors insight into the plight of refugees, including their efforts to survive, their needs, their dreams and their hopes for a better future.
UNHCR supported REFUGEE exhibition photographers throughout their endeavors, providing valuable background information and facilitating logistical contact with refugees during and after their dangerous journeys to safety in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
The REFUGEE exhibition features an original documentary film of the same title available now on Netflix and narrated by UNHCR High Profile Supporter, Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett. The 23-minute film follows each photographer commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography: Lynsey Addario covering the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar; Omar Victor Diop creating portraits of refugee mothers and children from the Central African Republic to neighboring Cameroon; Graciela Iturbide documenting displaced families in Colombia; Martin Schoeller creating portraits of refugees newly resettled here in the U.S.; and Tom Stoddart following the path of refugees fleeing to Europe.
The exhibit also offers an on-site virtual reality (VR) experience, giving guests a first-person view of the lives of internally displaced youths in Soacha, Colombia.
Please note that REFUGEE contains some graphic images and content that may not be suitable for all visitors.
Refugee was also featured at the Newseum, Washington, D.C.; FotoFest, Houston, TX; and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
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Stories Behind the Photographs
Briali Muhaghgh, his wife Hanifa and their children attempted the difficult sea crossing from Turkey to Lesbos in two boats, but Hanifa’s craft ran into trouble. Briali and his eight-year-old daughter, Roya, landed on Lesbos convinced that Hanifa and the other three children had died. Still, Briali and Roya pressed on. After learning that the others were alive, Briali paid the smugglers again and reunited the family in Berlin.
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When his mother, Hawa, fled the Central African Republic, she had to make the long, difficult journey while pregnant. They still have no news of his father’s whereabouts. Hawa hopes that Ibrahima will get an education and look after her in her old age.
Omar Victor DiopView profile
The success of the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space has encouraged residents on the neighboring street of Punta Icaco to begin organizing to create their own humanitarian space.
Graciela IturbideView profile