Soho Photo Gallery presents immigrants, an exhibition focused on the uprooted people who cross the world’s borders, driven by nearly infinite variations in human need and desire to leave behind a life they know in exchange for one they do not. The exhibition was curated by Ellen Jacob and Pierre-Yves Linot.
Thirteen photographers have been brought together to explore stories from across the globe and across history. The images they have created tell of people on the move, some by choice and many not, some motivated simply by a desire for a better life, many driven by extreme violence and poverty: Syrians in refugee camps; Haitian immigrants; Yazidi women, former ISIS slaves, establishing new lives in Canada; people on the road north from Central America; immigrants living both legally and without status in the United States. In portraying this broad mosaic of people, places, times, motivations and outcomes, the exhibition uniquely captures the shared narrative that binds these disparate experiences together.
In the beginning, there were no borders. We fanned out from southern Africa and populated the planet in waves of migration beginning some 120,000 years ago. It is not metaphorical to say we are all immigrants, it is actual. This is humanity’s shared history.
Cathy Wilson Ramin
September 30 – October 19, 2019
Soho Photo Gallery
15 White Street, New York, 10013