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Unpacked: Refugee Baggage Opening Reception

February 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the School of Human Ecology with the University of Wisconsin Center for Middle East Studies and Open Doors for Refugees in celebrating the opening of UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage in the Center for Design and Material Culture’s Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. This multimedia exhibit features the sculptures of Mohamad Hafez, a Syrian-born, Connecticut-based artist and architect who re-creates war-torn domestic interiors within suitcases, as well as interviews with the refugees who fled those exact homes conducted by Iraqi-born Wesleyan University student Ahmed Badr. Pieces from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection will be placed in dialogue with Hafez and Badr’s work to further explore themes of loss, protection, and family.

Visitors are encouraged to share objects or images of objects that you either brought with you when you migrated the United States or would bring with you if you had just thirty minutes to pack and leave your home. Natalie Wright will offer tours of the exhibit during the reception. All are welcome to join us in conversation. Refreshments provided.

More info: https://sohe.wisc.edu/events/unpacked-refugee-baggage-opening-reception/

Contact for questions about the event: Laura Sims Peck, laura.peck@wisc.edu, 608-262-3623
Location: Nancy Nicholas Hall Link and Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery (1235)


February 6, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery
1300 Linden Drive
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