January 8 - February 1, 2019
In today’s world refugee crisis, an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes, the UN Refugee Agency reports. Among them are 25.4 million refugees, the majority of whom are children. Art & Refugees: Shine the Light highlights the complex intersection of art and refugees, telling the story of perseverance that transcends cultures, time, and religion.
This exhibit brings together glass, photography, and documentary art to create awareness of the refugee experience that crosses generations. The exhibit includes Todesmarche Revisited by Laura Donefer, an installation by of cast glass and plaster footprints, some of which were taken from actual Holocaust survivors, telling the story of the forced marches and displacement. The glass installation is juxtaposed by German photographer Charlotte Schmitz’s Take me to Jermany photography installation, capturing the faces and experiences of displaced peoples living in refugee camps in Greece and Turkey, and excerpts of the Finding Home documentary by multi-Emmy Award Winning filmmaker David Marshall in collaboration with Deborah Haber, creator/playwright of the Moses Man: Finding Home musical.
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Co-sponsors: Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences Ostrom Grants, IU Office of the Bicentennial, IUB Center for the Study of Global Change, IUPUI Office of International Affairs, IUB Center for the Study of the Middle East, IUB African Studies Program, and IUB Institute for European Studies