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Finding Refuge in Buffalo

February 4, 2020

The Dolce Valvo Art Center at SUNY Niagara is pleased to host the exhibition, Finding Refuge in Buffalo, a celebration of Buffalo’s history as an immigration and refugee hub. The exhibition is a photo and essay collection by the University at Buffalo’s Director of Journalism, Jody K. Biehl, and internationally recognized photographer Brendan Bannon that touches on questions of home, belonging, culture, and what it means to be American.

The public is invited to join in a conversation with curator Jody K. Biehl and Rwandan refugee Rubens Mukunzi on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. exploring the experiences of those seeking refuge in Buffalo. The project features 24 portraits and profiles of people from 13 different countries and stories that span multiple generations. From Italian, Polish and Irish immigrants in the 1900s to Burmese, Bhutanese, and Congolese today, the exhibit looks at how immigration continues to reshape our city.

The exhibition will be on display from February 10 through March 13, 2020. For more information on the Dolce Valvo Art Center and upcoming exhibitions, visit