This text gets replaced!

Portraits of Hope

The Faces of Refugee Resettlement

This exhibit is about the process of starting over in a new land. These photographs depict survivors of war, genocide, and political strife who came to the U.S. after living in refugee camps in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Since 1982, more than 16,000 refugees have been resettled to Utica, N.Y., which now enjoys one of the highest concentrations of refugees of any American city. The goal of this exhibit is to celebrate diversity and to challenge stereotypes about resettlement. Many of the subjects had come to Utica over the past 15 years, but some had arrived only a few days before they were photographed. The hybrid and playful nature of the dress, including traditional aspects and Western touches, is intriguing. The portraits capture the pain of the past as well as the promise of a new future: memories of love and joy mingled with the distress of departure, and experiences both bright and bewildering in a new land.

Tap on any person below to learn more about them!