The UnseenJax exhibit resulted from the collaboration between the Jacksonville, Florida Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, volunteer professional photographers, and UnseenAmerica. Due to time and language restraints, portraits of recently arrived refugees to the U.S. were taken by professional photographers, as opposed to the usual first person narrative and images of the lives and imagination of participants. Short captions were derived from six different translators, and twenty people from various corners of the world participated, including from Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria. The exhibit’s opening was at the Jacksonville Public Library, and has traveled to many other venues within Jacksonville since opening last Spring.
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