There will be an exhibition of photographs and text from interviews at The Launch Pad Gallery in October, 2011. Iraqi music and food will be served at the opening reception.
The Oregon Iraqi Refugee Project is funded in part by The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC).
Exhibition:What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization
Photographs by Jim Lommasson.
Paintings by Iraqi artists who now live in Portland, Farooq Hassan and Samir Khurshid.
October 7- 29, 2011
Opening Reception: First Friday, October 7, 6PM – 12AM (Iraqi music and food)
Panel Discussion: Saturday, October 22, 2PM
Launch Pad Gallery
534 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214
Gallery Hours: Thursday Through Saturday, Noon - 6
What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization project is about leaving one’s homeland. Lommasson is photographing those few important personal items that have survived the long journey from Iraq to the U.S. The journey may take months, sometime even years, and includes refugee camps, piles of documents and possibly a few bribes. After photographing the objects, Lommasson asks the participants to write about the significance of their objects on the finished photographs.