UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage seeks to humanize the word “refugee.” Created during the summer of 2017, this multi-media installation is the work of Syrian-born, New Haven CT artist and architect Mohamad Hafez and Iraqi-born writer and speaker Ahmed Badr.
For UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage Hafez sculpturally re-creates rooms, homes, buildings and landscapes that have suffered the ravages of war. Each is embedded with the voices and stories of real people — from Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, Iraq and Sudan — who have escaped those same rooms and buildings to build a new life in America. Their stories are collected and curated by Badr, who attends Wesleyan University and is himself an Iraqi refugee. Visitors experience short audio clips through headphones and can continue reading the stories online and on exhibit placards.
Ahmed is the founder of Narratio, a platform for creative expression that seeks to alleviate childhood illiteracy by empowering youth through the publishing of poetry, photography, art and narrative.
Narratio publishes works of art from all over the globe, and hosts workshops centered around the power of storytelling and creativity. For his work with Narratio, Ahmed was selected as one of thirty 2016 Global Teen Leaders by the We Are Family Foundation.
United Nations: World Refugee Day Private Reception with UN Sec. General and Ben Stiller
2017 We Are Family Foundation Gala
MiSK-UNDP Youth Forum: UNPACKED Refugee Baggage Presentation