An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County

They have no idea what it is like to lose home at the risk of never finding home again, have your entire life split between two lands and become the bridge between two countries.  Rupi KaurMilk and Honey (2014) 

This exhibition provides an intimate look at the stories of refugees and immigrants who have come to this area from Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Hungary, India, Rwanda, and Syria, seeking safety and opportunity like generations of immigrants before them. Although their journeys have been quite different, the individuals featured here share the experience of rebuilding their lives and finding new homes in the Fairfield area. Despite the difficult paths that brought them here, as their stories portray, they each possess remarkable optimism and determination. Many have also been moved by a desire to help other immigrants and to educate the communities in which they live about their experiences 

This exhibition honors the 100th anniversary of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, founded in 1918 to help new Americans in their journey to finding home in Fairfield County.   

Photographs by Caren Winnall 
Special thanks to Lynne Penczer