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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.
LYNSEY ADDARIO
covers the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.
OMAR VICTOR DIOP
creates portraits of refugee mothers and children from the Central African Republic and neighboring Cameroon.
GRACIELA ITURBIDE
documents displaced families in Colombia.
MARTIN SCHOELLER
creates portraits of refugees newly resettled in the United States.
TOM STODDART
follows the path of refugees fleeing to Europe.
ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM
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

EVENTS
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2pm
Symposium
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.
PANELISTS INCLUDE:
David Levy Strauss - Scholar, Writer, Critic
Dr. Rima Abunasser - Scholar, Middle East, Women and Gender Studies, TCU
Patricia Lanza - Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles
Daniel Stoecker - CEO, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services
Mustafa Faiz - Refugee and Local Business Owner

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Refugee Forum
FotoFest at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007

EXHIBITION ON VIEW
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


EXHIBITION SPONSORS 
Lee Anthony and J Travis Capps Jr; Jereann Chaney; Foster LLP; John and Carola Herrin; and Saint Arnold Brewing Company
PROGRAMMING PARTNERS
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
FOTOFEST 2017 SEASON SPONSORS 
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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