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2017 Exhibitions

Tom Stoddart, Lesbos, Greece, 2015
A father celebrates his family's safe passage to Lesbos after a stormy crossing over the Aegean Sea from Turkey. ©Tom Stoddart
According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the number of displaced people has reached 65.3 million globally. Through images created by five internationally acclaimed artists, The Annenberg Space for Photography's REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations, dispersed and displaced throughout the world.
covers the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.
creates portraits of refugee mothers and children from the Central African Republic and neighboring Cameroon.
documents displaced families in Colombia.
creates portraits of refugees newly resettled in the United States.
follows the path of refugees fleeing to Europe.
Nilufer Demir, Ciril Jazbec, Lynn Johnson, Yuri Kozyrev, Valery Melnikov, Ed Ou, Sergey Ponomarev, Brian Sokol, Maria Tuchenkova, and David Zimmerman.
This timely exhibition 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 that offer visitors insight into the plight of refugees, including their efforts to survive, their needs, their dreams and their hopes for a better future.
The photographers were commissioned by the The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and supported by UNHCR, 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.
Exhibition curated by Patricia Lanza, Director of Talent & Content, The Annenberg Space for Photography; and Elisabeth Biondi, former Visual Editor of the New Yorker.


Martin Schoeller, New York, New York, 2016
New Americans: Portraits of refugees who have recently resettled in the United States as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. From left to right: Bhimal, 42, Bhutan; Maryna, 27, Belarus; Patricia, 22, Democratic Republic of the Congo. ©Martin Schoeller

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2pm
Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Organized in response to FotoFest's exhibition of The Annenberg Space for Photography's REFUGEE, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition Homelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh.
The afternoon symposium features two panel discussions. The first looks at how refugees are portrayed in the media and the various ways images can be used—from sparking policy change to fueling fear. The second discussion focuses on national and local policies concerning refugees today and in the near future.
David Levi Strauss - Scholar, Writer, Critic (New York)
Patricia Lanza - Photographer; Director of Talent and Content, Annenberg Space for Photography; Co-curator of the REFUGEE exhibition (Los Angeles)
Dr. Rima Abunasser - Scholar, Middle East, Women and Gender Studies, Texas Christian University (Dallas)
Hon. Annise Parker - Former Mayor of the City of Houston
Daniel Stoecker - CEO, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services; President, United Nations Association-Houston
Mustafa Faiz - Former refugee and local business owner (Houston)
Issa Touma - Artist and Film Maker (Syria)


Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2pm
ACT NOW - A Refugee Forum
FotoFest at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007
Houston takes in more refugees than anywhere else in the United States - 30 of every 1,000 refugees resettled by the U.N. worldwide.
Join FotoFest at this informational gathering to learn about the Houston-area refugee organizations that make us such a welcoming city. Representatives of these organizations will speak about their work, the needs of Houston’s refugees, and how we, as citizens, can help.
Representatives of various refugee-serving organizations in Houston will come speak about their work, the needs of Houston’s refugees, and how we as citizens can help.
Participating organizations include IEDA Relief, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, The City of Houston’s Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities, Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR), Refugee Council USA, and Refugee Services of Texas.
This program is FREE, but seating is limited. Please pre-register at
Live stream at
Saturday, July 8, 2017, noon-4pm
FotoFest at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007
Free Creative fun for all ages. Join us as we create, move, read, and explore the world. Activities designed to celebrate diversity are inspired by the REFUGEE exhibition on view.


Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2pm
REFUGEE Exhibition Tour
FotoFest at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007
With FotoFest Director Steven Evans and Associate Curator Jennifer Ward

May 11 - July 15, 2017
Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007

Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 5pm

Omar Victor Diop, Mbile refugee site, Cameroon, 2015
Young Ibrahima has spent his entire life in Mbile. 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 Diop

Graciela Iturbide, Buenaventura, Colombia, 2015
Children in Puente Nayero play an improvised game of table football. 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 Iturbide

Lee Anthony and J Travis Capps Jr; Jereann Chaney; Foster LLP; John and Carola Herrin; and Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The City of Houston’s Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities; Interfaith Ministries; Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR); Refugee Council USA; Refugee Services of Texas
Houston Endowment; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; National Endowment for the Arts; Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation; The Wortham Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; The Powell Foundation; Judith and Gamble Baldwin; David and Allison Ayers; FotoFest Board of Directors; Urban Expositions / Houston Art Fair; Silver Street Studios; Hexagroup; Iland Internet Solutions; Julie and Andrew Alexander; Edward and Chinui Allen; Jorge Blanco; Rania and Jamal Daniel; Carol Kazmer Liffman; James Edward Maloney; Guillermo Nicholas; Veronique Prentice; Eliane Thweatt; and generous donors to the FotoFest Annual Fund.
Additional support, in memory of James C. Kempner, provided by: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Kelsey; Mr. and Mrs. I. H. Kempner, III; and Mr. Dunham Jewett
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