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Layla and Amaal



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Originally created as part of the Friends Peace and Sanctuary project (more below)and included in my book A Threnody for the Dispossessed, this image depicts the likenesses and experiences of Layla Al Hussein (recently sadly departed) and Amaal AlNajjar, refugees from Iraq and Syria respectively.

About Friends Peace and Sanctuary– “Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, brings renowned book artists into conversation with Syrian and Iraqi individuals who have resettled to Philadelphia. Driven by questions about displacement and refuge, history and experience, the project explores art’s capacity to build empathy and create a deeper sense of belonging. The project resulted in exhibitions in 2019 at Swarthmore College in the spring, three locations in Philadelphia throughout the summer, and Brooklyn, NY in the fall.”

A Threnody for the Dispossessed is available via Booklyn here.


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