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Annenberg Space for Photography's: Refugee @ the Friday Center

In images created solely for the exhibit by five internationally acclaimed photographers who traveled across five continents — Lynsey Addario, Omar Victor Diop, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Schoeller and Tom Stoddart — “REFUGEE” depicts the lives of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world and includes stunning portraits of the new Americans, refugees recently settled in the United States.

 Displaced people in Myanmar. ©Lynsey Addario

Displaced people in Myanmar. ©Lynsey Addario

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the number of displaced people has reached 65.3 million globallyThe Annenberg Space for Photography's REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations, dispersed and displaced throughout the world. 


covers the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.

creates portraits of refugee mothers and children from the Central African Republic and neighboring Cameroon.

documents displaced families in Colombia.

creates portraits of refugees newly resettled in the United States.

follows the path of refugees fleeing to Europe.

This timely exhibition 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 photographers were commissioned by The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and supported by UNHCR, providing valuable background information and facilitating logistical contact with refugees during and after their dangerous journeys to safety in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Exhibition curated by Patricia Lanza, Director of Talent & Content, The Annenberg Space for Photography; and Elisabeth Biondi, former Visual Editor of the New Yorker.

Exhibit open Monday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm, Friday 8 am-5 pm.
*Special Sunday hours: October 1 & 29: 1-7 pm

Tour the exhibit during these open Sunday hours (1-7 pm) and hear firsthand accounts from local refugees who have resettled into the Triangle.

The Friday Center
100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill