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In Their Own Words: Stories from Refugees Settled in Vermont Communities

In Their Own Words

Stories from Refugees Settled in Vermont Communities

Vermont Folklife Center
Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace
88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4964
February 25, 2008 - June 14, 2008
Monday through Friday: 10:00 - 5:00; Saturday: By appointment.

The Vermont Folklife Center is pleased to announce the opening of In Their Own Words, an exhibition of images and stories created by photographer Ned Castle in collaboration with members of Vermont's refugee community. The exhibit will be on display February 25 through June 14 in the Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace at the Vermont Folklife Center's headquarters in Middlebury, with an opening reception on Friday, February 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Pairing photographs and interview excerpts, In Their Own Words profiles the experience of families and individuals whose lives have been disrupted by warfare, political violence, or discrimination and have come to Vermont as refugees. They hail from places as diverse as Somalia, Bosnia, Burundi, Rwanda, Vietnam, Sudan, and Uzbekistan and share the common challenge of starting new lives in a very different cultural setting.

The exhibit consists of thirteen groups of images, each featuring a different family or individual. The focal point of each set is a photographic portrait, which is accompanied by interview text presenting an important aspect of this person's experience. Two additional photographs are the joint creation of photographer and subject adding another layer of visual information to the story.

The photographs in this exhibit were all created in 2007 and began when photographer Ned Castle met two brothers from Rwanda. As Ned's friendship with these young men deepened, he was drawn into their stories and created a pairing of image and text to honor them. Working with the assistance of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, Ned's network of connections expanded and the photographic project grew from there. Ned Castle is a 2006 graduate of Williams College and a resident of Charlotte.

Travelling Schedule for the Exhibit

Links to Additional Exhibit Resources

  • View selected photographs from the exhibit :: link
  • View full online exhibition :: link
  • View the schedule of exhibit events and programs :: link

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