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From press release:
What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization
Friday, October 7
6 p.m. – Midnight | FREE | All Ages
Exhibit Runs October 7-29
@ Launch Pad Gallery, 534 SE Oak Street
What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization is about leaving one's homeland. Portland Photographer/Writer Jim Lommasson is currently photographing and interviewing Iraqi refugees and immigrants who have fled to the U.S. since 1990. This project dovetails with Lommasson’s visual and oral history of returning American soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars called Exit Wounds.
Lommasson feels that there is another side of the story that needs to be told, about those who have left their homeland and are now resettling around the world. 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.
Featuring free Iraqi food & music with performances by Ronny Hermiz and Zeyad Polus. There will be NO ALCOHOL SERVICE from 6-9pm