Intimate portraits of Iraqi Minnesotans confronting the idea of home

A man stands in front of a photo.
Photographer Ahmed Alshaikhli at the "Home of Memories: Portraits & Stories of Iraqi Minnesotans" exhibit.
Lindsay Guentzel | MPR News

Around 2,000 Iraqi refugees call Minnesota home. Violent conflict, economic sanctions, war — all are among the reasons why they have sought new beginnings in the United States. Now, a traveling exhibit tells the stories of Iraqi Minnesotans through portraits and words.

"Home of Memories: Portraits & Stories of Iraqi Minnesotans" is on display at the Hennepin History Museum until Feb. 19. It features the work of multidisciplinary artist Jaafar Alnabi and photojournalist Ahmed Alshaikhli.

The exhibit was produced through Iraqi Voices, an arts storytelling lab from the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, and curated by the CarryOn Homes collective.

Producer Lindsay Guentzel toured the exhibit with Alshaikhli and translator Jamal Ali last week.

Thursday from 6-7 p.m., you can join Alshaikhli for a free virtual tour of the exhibit followed by an artist talk held in both Arabic and English. Find out more on the Hennepin History Museum’s website.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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