Yesterday, as part of the International Rescue Committee’s “From Harm to Home Walk,” I showed some portraits I did of refugees that have come to Abilene. So, there’s that.
This is what I put on the flyer for the show:
“As humans, we have a strong tendency to categorize things. Categorizing people, and thinking of them collectively, though, can easily lead to dehumanization.
The aim of the “Faces of IRC” project is to push back against that tendency. We often hear or read about ‘the refugee community,’ but that doesn’t do justice to the diversity of the cultural and ethnic heritages that are represented by those individual refugees and families who have been resettled here.
By focusing on faces, I hope to create some sort of connection between people, so that after seeing these images, they won’t be as tempted to think of ‘the refugee community’ as one singular mass, but as individuals with faces and stories as unique as their own.”