February 1, 2019 at 11:50 pm

Week on Immigrants | REFUGEE: An Exile Generation, Feb. 1

Tariq Tarey, portrait

Tariq Tarey

The Wealth and Poverty theme presents the Ohio University Week on Immigrants, featuring Tariq Tarey and “REFUGEE| An Exile Generation,” on Friday, Feb. 1, from 2-3 p.m. in Alden 319.

In this talk, documentary photographer Tariq Tarey will talk about what makes someone a refugee, the refugee journey, U.S. refugee policy, refugee contribution both nationally and locally, Somali diaspora in central Ohio, and the importance of documenting our community.

Tarey is currently the Director of Refugee Social Services at Jewish Family Services in Columbus, Ohio. He serves on Ohio’s New African Immigrants Commission and the Franklin County Board of Commissioner’s New American Advisory Council. Tarey is also a documentary photographer, skilled in both still photography and filmmaking. In 2006, Tarey’s photographic exhibit, Forlorn in Ohio, which documented the plight of Somali refugees, appeared at the Kiaca Gallery and Wright State University. Tarey’s exhibition “Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors” was on display at the Ohio History Connection throughout 2017 and was nominated for the Community Arts Partnership Award by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. In 2018 “Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors” exhibit won the Ohio Museums Associations best of show. He currently has exhibitions showing at the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum in Freemont, Ohio and at Otterbein University. Several of his images now belong to the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art. Tarey directed “Women, War and Resettlement: Nasro’s Journey,” which was aired on WOSU Public Television in 2012. Moreover, Tarey’s film, “The Darien Gap,” was shown in the 2nd United States Conference on African Immigrant and Refugee Health. Among his honors are the South Side Settlement House’s Arts Freedom Award in 2006 and the Ohio Art Council’s Individual Artist Award in 2008, and in that same year Tarey won the Greater Columbus Art Council’s Individual Artist Award.  Currently, Tarey is working on a book project documenting representative refugee populations in Central Ohio.

This event is cosponsored by African Studies and the School of Visual Communication.

For more information on this talk or the Wealth and Poverty Week on Immigrants, please contact Dr. Yeong Kim at

Wealth and Poverty Week on Immigrants

About the Week on Immigrants

Immigration is a significant political issue across the world. An estimated 258 million people worldwide live in a country other than their country of birth. Nearly 50 million now live in the United States.

The Wealth and Poverty Week on Immigrants brings the Ohio University community together to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by global migration flows both here and abroad.

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