What We Carried

Image of a box of dominoes with a note from the refugee on why the dominoes were important.
What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria

What We Carried:
Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria

This exhibit is now closed

Photographer Jim Lommasson created a project that showcases the significant personal items that Iraqi and Syrian refugees brought with them when they immigrated to the United States. Along with their mementos, these refugees share their stories, telling us what it really means to have to leave one's homeland forever. In their search for a better future for themselves and their families, these small objects, images, and memories represent what they left behind.

The more than 26 images and stories represents what brings all of us together: our love for family, friends, and home. All of the pieces in this exhibition will be presented in both English and Arabic.

The What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria traveling exhibition is a collaboration between photographer Jim Lommasson and the Arab American National Museum. The exhibition is funded by the Oregon Regional Arts Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, Ruth Ann Brown, and the Arab American National Museum.