Since 2003, more than four million Iraqis have left their homes and relocated in hopes of creating a better future for themselves and their families in a setting free of war and uncertainty. Many Iraqis sought refuge in Syria only to find another dangerous situation. Approximately 140,000 of these refugees have immigrated to the U.S., the majority with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and a small memento to remind them of home.
To document their life-changing journey and shed light on the trials and tribulations refugees experience in their search for stability, renowned freelance photographer and author Jim Lommasson has created a project documenting what it means to leave everything behind.
The images in this exhibition are of the personal objects carried by these fortunate immigrants and refugees who have made a new home for themselves here.
Stage IV is hosting a photo exhibition of Mr. Lommasson’s project, “What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria” which is a traveling exhibition of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. It is set up in Jarie Ruddy’s art room in the Seward building and will be open to viewing on
Monday, December 17th from 8:00 am to 8:30 am and 2:45 pm to 4:30 pm and
Tuesday December 18th from 2:45 pm to 4:30 pm.
Thank you to Jarie Ruddy and Stage IV for this wonderful opportunity. Stop in and see this powerully moving exhibit!