Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez and Iraqi writer and Wesleyan student Ahmed Badr collaborated on this refugee art project. Unpacked: Refugee Baggage uses ten suitcases to tell ten stories in an attempt to humanize the term 'refugee.' The multimedia art installation consists of suitcases that have been turned into the homes refugees left behind.
Buildings, homes, rooms and landscapes destroyed by war are recreated in miniature form. The voices of those who escaped from these real places -- people from Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Sudan and Syria -- are embedded into the luggage. Each of these stories involves building a new life in the United States. Short audio clips are played on headphones and longer stories can be read at the refugee art exhibit and online.