Photo exhibit documents lives of refugees in Minnesota

This photo is from the exhibit “When Home Won’t Let You Stay.”

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2136 Carter Ave., St. Anthony Park, invites you to attend the exhibit “When Home Won’t Let You Stay,” which runs Tuesday, Jan. 2, to Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the church’s Undercroft Gallery.

“When Home Won’t Let You Stay” is a poignant photography exhibition about refugees in Minnesota by documentary photographer James A. Bowey. It provides a new perspective on the often hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities. The number of globally displaced people has risen dramatically in recent years and is expected to continue to rise in response to ongoing conflicts, poverty, and climate change. International and national events have prompted debates in communities across the country about our duty to refugees, our American roots and national identity. The traveling exhibition consists of contemporary color portraits accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the plight and resiliency of refugees who call Minnesota home.

The exhibition also includes a unique live community conversation moderated by the photographer to consider the experiences of refugees, and the responses of local communities to needs of displaced people around the world. The community conversation will be held at St. Matthew’s Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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