The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education presents

Tom Stoddart, Lesbos, Greece, 2015
A father celebrates his family’s safe passage to Lesbos after a stormy crossing over the Aegean Sea from Turkey.

September 25-November 3, 2017
The Friday Center
100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27519
Exhibit open Monday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm, Friday 8 am-5 pm.
*Special Sunday hours: October 1 & 29: 1-7 pm
Bringing a group? Please email to plan your visit.

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the number of displaced people has reached over 65 million globally. Through images created by five internationally acclaimed artists, REFUGEE is a multimedia art exhibit exploring the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The exhibit features photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States.

  • LYNSEY ADDARIO covers the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.
  • OMAR VICTOR DIOP creates portraits of refugee mothers and children from the Central African Republic and Cameroon.
  • GRACIELA ITURBIDE documents displaced families in Colombia.
  • MARTIN SCHOELLER creates portraits of refugees newly resettled in the United States.
  • TOM STODDART follows the path of refugees fleeing to Europe.

This timely exhibition of 125 portrait photographs, stories, and accompanying film allows audiences to engage with aspects of the plight of refugees not previously encountered, and to reflect on a full range of refugee experiences through singular images that offer visitors insight into the plight of refugees, including their efforts to survive, their needs, their dreams and their hopes for a better future.

The REFUGEE exhibition features an original documentary film of the same title available now on Netflix and narrated by UNHCR High Profile Supporter, Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett. The 23-minute film follows each photographer commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Please note that REFUGEE contains some graphic images and content that may not be suitable for all visitors.

Download the exhibition gallery guide.
Questions about the exhibit or programs? Call 919-962-3000 or email


Exhibit open before all events. Come early and explore the exhibit at your leisure.


Thank you to our co-sponsors:
Arts Everywhere
Board of Orange County Commissioners & Visit Chapel Hill

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