“From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration”: A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS

Iraqi girl at the Iraqi Arab Community Association, Lynn Massachusetts, 2012. Photograph by Andrea Patiño Contreras.

Iraqi girl at the Iraqi Arab Community Association, Lynn Massachusetts, 2012. Photograph by Andrea Patiño Contreras.

A multimedia exhibit featuring the work of Andrea Patiño Contreras, is now on view at the Center for Documentary Studies. Composed of black-and-white photographs, audio oral histories, and an interactive website, From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration is the product of an independent project Contreras undertook while in Massachusetts as a CDS  Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow to help her better understand the community in which she was working—the city of Lynn, where almost 30 percent of the population of 90,000 is foreign-born. Click here to read a story about Contereras’s work that appeared in The New Yorker’s Photo Booth blog.

From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration
Porch and University Galleries
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
Directions
On view December 1, 2014–April 13, 2015; reception and gallery talk January 15, 2015, 6–8 p.m.

The fabric of a city is woven of many threads, and Lynn, Massachusetts, is particularly colorful. The city’s history of industrial success paved the way for a profoundly diverse population to settle in the area. Like many other U.S. cities, Lynn underwent a process of deindustrialization as the twentieth century progressed. Regardless, Lynn’s diverse population and its historical and cultural richness remain, even if under very different conditions. As a hub for refugee resettlement every year people from all over the world arrive in this small city in the Northeast—Cambodians, Bhutanese, and most recently, Iraqis have come looking for better lives, just like thousands of Europeans did decades before them.

Click here for more information about the exhibit.

_psEmbed(“http://cdsporch.photoshelter.com”, “fallback=1”);

Andrea Patiño Contreras, a 2012–13 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow, graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in cultural anthropology and a certificate in policy journalism. She is a master’s candidate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina. Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of Lewis Hine, the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at the Center for Documentary Studies connects the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations serving children and their communities around the world. As a Hine Fellow, Andrea worked with Raw Art Works (RAW) in Lynn, Massachusetts. RAW is an arts organization that serves over 1,200 youth ages six to nineteen through programming that inspires them to “tell their stories, envision new possibilities, and transform their lives.” Through her work at RAW, Andrea became interested in Lynn’s profoundly diverse population and started documenting the stories of immigrants and refugees in the city.

Click here to read Andrea Patiño Contreras’ blog about her Lewis Hine Documentary fellowship.

Be Sociable, Share!

    One Response to ““From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration”: A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS”

    1. Abu Sena says:

      It’s a really nice message! True true true

    Leave a Reply