Nov 20th 2019

James A. Bowey: When Home Won’t Let You Stay

@ Oak Park Public Library

834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

Opening Wednesday, November 20th, from 7PM - 8:30

On view through Saturday, November 30th

“When Home Won’t Let You Stay” is a multimedia art experience focused on reclaiming our empathetic imagination toward displaced people groups.

• See select pieces from the full exhibit in the Main Library Idea Box. More:
• Join your neighbors, community narrators, musicians, and the artist on Wednesday, November 20, at 7 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room. Register:

The exhibition is the product of documentary artist James A. Bowey, who traveled the country collecting the stories and photos of refugees living in America. The penetrating portraits, alongside first-person accounts presented as found poems, share the devastating stories of violence and loss that permeate the refugee experience, challenging us to consider our role in building supportive and welcoming communities for refugees around the world.

As part of this exhibition, Bowey will lead a live community event to consider the experiences of refugees and our responses to the needs of displaced people around the world. Accompanied by live music and narrators from the community, he will present more photographs, stories and reflections from “When Home Won’t Let You Stay,” then lead a community conversation about how current refugee policies and attitudes reflect the state of the empathetic imagination in our civic life.

This compelling talk explores how we can bear witness in a contentious world, and awaken our imagination to the possibilities of hope, justice, and human connection.

Register for November 20 ➞

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