I MATTER seeks to raise awareness about the child refugee crisis and the basic right of every child to have an education. Looking into the eyes of Syrian refugee children settled in Chicago, to those languishing in Cox Bazaar in Bangladesh, to those moved from place to place throughout Europe, there is no denying these children have been through unimaginable experiences, stripped of their innocence.
The recent numbers of refugees fleeing their homelands has created an enormous humanitarian crisis that has become politicized, as receiving countries close their borders. Caught in the middle of this awful reality are parents who make the unimaginable choice to send their children away, in the hopes of a better life.
Our new exhibition, I MATTER, is CASE Art Fund’s response to this crisis. By showing the faces of refugee children, I MATTER seeks to raise awareness about the child refugee crisis and the basic right and need for of education. Looking into the eyes of Syrian refugee children settled in Chicago, to those languishing in Cox Bazaar in Bangladesh, there is no denying these children have been through unimaginable experiences and stripped of their innocence. Regardless of where they live, the need for education is vital, to gain the necessary tools for a chance at a better life.
I MATTER is an outdoor exhibition of portraits of refugee children holding a sign with the words I MATTER written on it. I MATTER includes photographs taken by two-time Pulitzer prize winner Muhammed Muheisen, Chicagoan Jeffrey Wolin, and Norwegian photographer Knut Bry, that includes refugee children in Chicago, El Paso, Moira, Lebanon, and Norway. CASE will work with local schools and organizations to find students interested in helping with the installation, making sure all participants are of legal working age.
The physical act of children wheat-pasting portraits of other children onto the side of a building, claiming their lives matter, is a powerful message and one that will inspire meaningful conversations during the installation and upon its completion. These conversations will be filmed onsite and available on our web site, pending written permission from a parent or legal guardian. The installation of I MATTER will be filmed and photographed, and available for viewing in perpetuity on the CASE website.
CASE is looking for artists who would like to be a part of the project.
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