The Faces of Refugee Resettlement in CNY

September 2016

2016-faces-of-resettlement-3girlsThe city of Utica radiates with stories of the 15,000 refugees who have come to the city to seek refuge from war and political or ethnic strife. They’ve escaped the Vietnam War, Bosnian War, Iraq War, and ethnic conflict and genocide in places such as Cambodia, Burma, Sudan and Bhutan.

Now their stories are being told in The Faces of Refugee Resettlement in CNY photo exhibit at SUNY Polytechnic Institute this fall.

In numerous portraits taken by SUNY Poly alum and staff member Lynne Browne, who has been attending and documenting cultural events in this way since 2012, the hardships of statelessness and the hopes of the American Dream spring to life in the faces of each refugee.

2016-faces-of-resettlement-collage4450Also part of the exhibit is a 5 x 8 foot collage of photos was curated by  SUNY Poly Associate Professor of Anthropology Kathryn Stam, the exhibit in the Gannett Gallery of SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica will run from September 6 through October 9.

An opening reception was held in the Gannett Gallery on Wednesday, September 14, followed by a gallery talk.

This exhibit runs as a companion to the Faces of Hope exhibit (a separate exhibit of photos by Browne co-curated by Browne and Stam) at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute currently on display until the end of 2016.