What We Carried: Threads | Portland Textile Month

Jim Lommasson’s “What We Carried” photo and writing projects begin with a personal object that the participant carried with them on their long and difficult journey from their homelands to the U.S. Objects include a family photo, a bible, a Quran, a doll, dominoes, a teacup or a serving dish from family celebrations, to the clothes that they were wearing when they fled their homes.

Lommasson asks participants to allow him to photograph those few items that they were able to carry with them to the U.S. He asks the participants to write directly on the photograph about their object and why that particular item was so important that they chose it above everything else. Their stories speak of much more than “the object.” The stories are profound and speak to our common humanity. The luminous inner life of these ordinary things is a testament to the unspeakable anguish of a life left forever behind. Ordinary objects become sacred. The photo and writings become a new artifact.

For PTXM, Lommasson has assembled works in which participants chose textiles to carry to their new homes in the U.S.

Opening reception at PLACE:
Oct. 19 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Registration required.

Exhibit viewing times and instructions:
In order to view this exhibit, you will need to choose a date and time for a private viewing appointment at PLACE. Only one group or individual can view the exhibit per appointment. Please choose a date and time that is in line with PLACE’s hours below.

Oct. 19 – Nov. 16
Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday by appointment only

This exhibition is a part of Portland Textile Month. To see all of our programming for the month of October, please visit http://www.textilex.org