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At CHARTS: “The Faces of Syrian Refugees”

By Leslie Newell Peacock

Jan. 14-April 4, reception 6-8 p.m. Jan. 24. CHARTS hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-5p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.

Michael Cohen's "Reina"

Photographer Michael Cohen decided to use his art to tell the story of Syrian refugees who’ve resettled in new countries in Europe and North America. “After seeing a presentation about a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, it hit me,” the art2art Circulating Exhibitions that brings the show to CHARTS’ Windgate Gallery quotes Cohen as saying. “What do we really know about Syrian refugees? Sure we see them trying to flee a war-torn country and we see the despair in their eyes. But so many people are unwilling to allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their country.” So Cohen’s 20 life-sized images of refugees, accompanied by their stories, show the Syrians not as desperate and in groups packed in camps or seeking entrance to one but as the people they really are: Men and women indistinguishable from your next-door neighbors. An opening reception with music by guitarists Steve Davison and Micky Rigby will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the CHARTS lobby. LNP


January 13
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