The Syrian Civil War has created over four million of refugees, over half of whom are children. These are ordinary people fleeing death and destruction, but while we see these refugees every day in the media, too many people still find it hard to identify with others who are so far away, living in such strange circumstances. The result is that relief agencies are still begging for money, and the US remains closed to the vast majority of the refugees.
David Gross’ photography for the Inside-Outside Project lets you see through the eyes of both the photographer and the subjects. The Syrian refugee children were photographed using classical European portraiture and lighting technique, showing them with dignity and freeing them from the role of “poor refugee.” The photography sessions were combined with painting classes, and the children’s artwork lets us see the refugee experience through their eyes. The portraits and drawings are too familiar to be foreign, and we are left with the realization these could be our children.
Gross photographed in schools in Reyhanli, Gaziantep and Kahramanmaraş (Turkey), and in Jbeil and Beirut (Lebanon). The drawings come from classes by Gross, the Turkish art therapist Ezgi İçöz and the Syrian photographer and teacher Khalid Eid.
Reception and exhibition viewing from 6:00–8:00 PM. Remarks begin at 7:00 PM.
After the photo opening, the exhibition is open for complimentary viewing M – F from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and during evening World Affairs programs.
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