The Power of Faces: Looking at the Global Refugee Crisis
May 1 to June 1
In conjunction with the Global Studies Program, the Silva Gallery of Art was pleased to host The Power of Faces: Looking at the Global Refugee Crisis through June 1. This exhibition is a portrait project created by husband-and-wife photo team Daniel Farber Huang and Theresa Menders as an artistic response to what the United Nations has called the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. Huang and Menders’ work reminds us that the more than 65 million who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict or persecution are human lives, not just statistics. To put faces on the statistics, Huang and Menders have traveled to the Souda and Vial refugee camps on the Greek island Chios. Their intention is to continue this portrait project at other refugee camps around the world.
As a collaborative team, Huang and Menders have successfully partnered on documentary photography projects over the last twenty years. Their work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums and cultural institutions, including the International Center of Photography, New York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Chinese in America, New York City Fire Museum, and the Library of Congress.