This exhibit from the Arab American National Museum of Dearborn, Michigan, is a collaborative photo project from photographer Jim Lommasson, who invited Iraqui and Syrian refugees to share a personal item that accompanied them during their journey to America. He photographed each artifact, such as a family snapshot, heirloom dish, or childhood toy, then asked the owners to place the object in context. Exhibition visitors will receive firsthand insight into the consideration of what objects, images, and memories might be chosen if one was forced to leave home forever.
Learn more about this exhibit and photographer Jim Lommasson on his blog
The Arab American National Museum (AANM)
documents, preserves and presents Arab American history, culture and
contributions. The AANM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums; an
Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution; and is a founding member of the
Immigration and Civil Rights Network of the International Coalition of Sites of
Conscience. The Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI, 48126.
The What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization traveling exhibition is a collaboration between photographer Jim Lommasson and the Arab American National Museum. The exhibition is funded by the Oregon Regional Arts Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, Ruth Ann Brown, and the Arab American Museum.