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Exhibit explores refugees’ mementos
Coffee cups brought to America by an Iraqi refugee are featured in the exhibit.

What would you take if you had to flee your home forever?

That question, at least for Iraqi and Syrian refugees, was explored by photographer Jim Lommasson in his exhibit What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria, which opens Dec. 16 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St.

With more than 85 images, the exhibit showcases the significant personal items that Iraqi and Syrian refugees carried with them. Along with their mementos, the refugees share their stories and how these small objects and images represent what they left behind. All of the stories are presented in both English and Arabic.

Lommasson will discuss the exhibit and his work at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the museum’s theater. The event is free.

For more information, call 373-7990 or visit