What We Carried: Threads
October 19-December 3
For Portland Textiles Month, Jim Lommasson has assembled works in which participants chose textiles to carry to their new homes in the U.S.
Jim Lommasson’s “What We Carried” photo and writing projects begin with a personal object that the participant carried with them on their long and difficult journey from their homelands to the U.S. Objects include a family photo, a bible, a Quran, a doll, dominoes, a teacup or a serving dish from family celebrations, to the clothes that they were wearing when they fled their homes.
Lommasson asks participants to allow him to photograph those few items that they were able to carry with them to the U.S. He asks the participants to write directly on the photograph about their object and why that particular item was so important that they chose it above everything else. Their stories speak of much more than “the object.” The stories are profound and speak to our common humanity. The luminous inner life of these ordinary things is a testament to the unspeakable anguish of a life left forever behind. Ordinary objects become sacred. The photo and writings become a new artifact.
For PTXM, Lommasson has assembled works in which participants chose textiles to carry to their new homes in the U.S.
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Healing is a constant rocking back and forth forgive yourself the backward motion give thanks the courage to inch forward anyway
From “I Am My Story – Voices of Hope” (Collaboration with The Immigrant Story)
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