Current Special Exhibitions
What We Carried: Stories by Iraqi Refugees
January 24 – June 26, 2016
What would you take with you if you were forced to flee your homeland?
Over four million Iraqis have fled their homes since the American invasion in 2003, and over 140,000 have been admitted to the U.S. These refugees did not leave to get a better job or because of a natural disaster; they left because of a brutal dictator and warfare that has virtually destroyed their country. Behind the numbers are individuals with incredible stories of perseverance, stories that illustrate the struggle of uprooting lives and leaving families to search for safety.
What We Carried: Stories by Iraqi Refugees is photographic exhibition that explores the possessions that recent Iraqi refugees cherished enough to bring on their journey to the United States. The exhibition is available in both English and Arabic. The featured objects, photographed by award-winning Portland-based photographer Jim Lommasson, range from family photos to a Qur’an, from jewelry to a game of dominos. Refugees wrote their personal reflections directly on the printed photos before returning them to Lommasson, who then curated the exhibition.
In partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, an exhibition of an additional ten photographs will be on display at the Daley Center Concourse Gallery located in the Pedway in Downtown Chicago from January 26 through April.
What We Carried is a project by photographer Jim Lommasson in partnership with Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, Chicago.
Three Years, Eight Months, and Twenty Days:
The Cambodian Atrocities and the Search for Justice
May 5, 2015 – October 16, 2016
Goodman Balcony Gallery
For three years, eight months, and twenty days, the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot ruled Cambodia, enacting a program of harsh internment and torture and subjecting the Cambodian people to inhumane living conditions, starvation, forced labor, forced marriages, and execution. An estimated 1.7 million people perished under this regime. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, created by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations, became fully operational in June 2007 to bring to justice senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime and those who were most responsible for international crimes and violations of Cambodian penal law from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.This panel exhibition examines both the history of that period and the on-going trials.
This exhibition was produced by Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in partnership with the Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago.
The Golder Family Foundation is the lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.
The organizers are grateful to their community partner, the Cambodian Association of Illinois.
2015 Genocide and Human Rights Commemorative Initiatives Sponsor: Oscar Isberian Rugs/Pedian Carpet.