What We Carried:
Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
December 16, 2018 - April 15, 2019
Photographer Jim Lommasson created a project that showcases the significant personal items that Iraqi and Syrian refugees brought with them when they immigrated to the United States. Along with their mementos, these refugees share their stories, telling us what it really means to have to leave one's homeland forever. In their search for a better future for themselves and their families, these small objects, images, and memories represent what they left behind.
These photo/stories were created in December 2018 with local Syrian refugees now living in Kalamazoo Michigan. Photographer Jim Lommasson and Kalamazoo Valley Museum Assistant Manager for Material Culture Tammy Barnes met with local Syrian families to help share their stories about those few things from their homeland that they were able to carry with them to America. These new works are now included in the Arab American National Museum traveling exhibition now on view at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum through April 15, 2019.
The more than 26 images and stories represents what brings all of us together: our love for family, friends, and home. All of the pieces in this exhibition will be presented in both English and Arabic.
The What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria traveling exhibition is a collaboration between photographer Jim Lommasson and the Arab American National Museum. The exhibition is funded by the Oregon Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, Ruth Ann Brown, and the Arab American National Museum.