In order to build a collection of photos and stories from people affected by forced migration, the Chicago Public Library loaned digital cameras to nine refugees, asylum seekers and others who have been forced to immigrate. This collection will become part of Sulzer Regional Library's Northside Neighborhood History Collection. See a selection of these photos on display at Sulzer Regional Library through April 30.
The photovoice process allows participants to learn about photography and document their lives through photographs and stories. Each participant donated a sample of their work to the Library. From these donated photos, they selected one picture for the exhibit and wrote a description to accompany it.
The Forced Migration Photovoice project is a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and Heartland Alliance's Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture and Heartland Alliance's Refugee and Immigrant Community Services. The project was funded by a grant from the John and Mary Jane Hoellen Family Foundation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.