Refugee is Not My Name - travels!
They all share a label, but they each have a name.
"Refugee is Not My Name" is a traveling art exhibition that introduces Austin residents to some of the city's refugees. This is a project about community and neighbors. The people you will meet are unique; they ask to be seen as individuals, not as a collective, global crisis.
Through portraits and storytelling, we are meeting Austin residents where they are - in public spaces throughout the city - and inviting them to come and learn the names, see the faces, and get to know some of these refugee neighbors through the exhibition.
It has been our intention from the beginning that after the opening in March 2018, this show would be housed in various public spaces throughout Austin. If you were at the opening, you saw photos, film, and read stories about 15 individuals with very different life journeys. Now we have 15 more people to introduce to you and the rest of our city.
If you are interested in helping us move this project around Austin, we are raising money to:
1. fund the cost of materials and labor to print the remaining photographs + stories
2. help us cover installation costs
3. support digitizing and expanding this exhibition online
Our hope is that as people experience this exhibition, they recognize that everyone needs friends to feel at home in a place; and ultimately, we hope they will be inspired to broaden their circle of friends to include those who are learning to make a new life in Austin.
If you have supported this project in any way, we thank you. This is one more opportunity to further strengthen the inclusive and supportive nature of our city.
On behalf of the men, women and children featured in "Refugee is Not My Name," thank you for helping them introduce themselves to the community we all call home.
Ashley, Jess, + Aaron