Refugee. Immigrant. Foreigner. These words flatten human experience and create distance between us. Personal stories, on the other hand, connect us. Finding or losing love, rebelling against a teacher, having a child, fulfilling a dream, fleeing a war. Be it despair or celebration, we share. We identify. We belong.
At the intersection of art and activism, Your Neighbor’s Story sees community as the wellspring of change. It braids visual art created by artists with powerful narratives of men and women often forced to choose between remaining in the homes they know and love, or saving their families.
This project, foreshadowed with a pilot completed in Lebanon in 2014, was more than a year in the making. It took on a sense of urgency as our country dove into a debate over immigration policies. Your Neighbor’s Story is intended to spark conversations, including between those with differing views. Dialogue has never been more important.
The artists joined both documented and undocumented new Americans and novelist/journalist Masha Hamilton for lengthy interviews. They then created unique pieces that capture memories, bits that might otherwise be lost. Curated by Maya Fell, the project’s hope is to help erode stereotypes, overcome divisiveness and create not only understanding but friendships.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
University Union, 313
University Union, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252, USA