Experience the first look of "The Faces of Syrian Refugees" exhibition, by photographer Michael S Cohen, at Holocaust Museum Houston before it opens on Friday, June 22, 2018. "The Faces of Syrian Refugees" consists of life sized color portraits accompanied by Proust questionnaire style interviews, offering an intimate visit with 20 Syrian refugees. The exhibition will include a special feature of Houston-area Holocaust survivors who thrived after being one-time refugees in America.
Cohen's "The Faces of Syrian Refugees" consists of life sized color portraits accompanied by Proust questionnaire style interviews, offering an intimate visit with 20 Syrian refugees. After a 25-year hiatus, Cohen worked with a dozen non-profits in fields ranging from education, to felon rehabilitation to inner city youth. During this time, he watched with horror as the Syrian war escalated and the refugee crisis reached unimaginable proportions. An idea formed to travel and meet successfully resettled Syrian refugees, photograph and interview them. Since the war began in 2011, millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes, and their country. The subjects come from all walks of life and now are engaged in everything from teaching art classes to volunteering as museum docents to conducting a Syrian expat orchestra.
During the atrocities of WWII, Holocaust survivors were uprooted from their homelands and resettled in other countries. More than one half of all European Jews perished by the end of WWII; many who survived picked up the pieces of their shattered lives and moved forward. A special feature will be included in this exhibition depicting the images and stories of several local Holocaust survivors upon their arrival in Houston prior to 1955, and how they worked hard to achieve the American dream.
You are invited to an opening reception held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, in the Museum's Mincberg Gallery at the Morgan Family Center, just one mile south of NRG Stadium at 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100. Photographer Michael S Cohen will give opening remarks at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception.