Swarthmore College Exhibition: Peace

7 Jun - 2 Aug 2019
Parkway Central Library (2nd Floor), 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Layla Al-Husseini, self portrait, created during a workshop facilitated by project book artists Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles. Photo courtesy of Swarthmore College. 

Swarthmore College presents Peace, an exhibition featuring books created by artists and members of Philadelphia’s Iraqi and Syrian refugee communities as part of Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary. For two years, project collaborators and commissioned artists participated in multi-day workshops and conversations to share histories, cultures, and personal stories of refuge.

Audiences can explore archival materials from Swarthmore College Libraries, a collaborative comic book, and handmade works from the project workshops “Journeys” and “Yes to Hope.”

Artistic collaborators include: Islam Aly, Maureen Cummins, Erik Ruin, Courtney Bowles, Mark Strandquist, Abir Alarnab, Amaal Al-Najjar, Abdul Karim Awad, Ali Salman, Asmaa Diab, Courtney Bowles, Fadaa Ali, Fadia, Falak, Fouad Sakhnini, Hasan Almohtadi, Layla Al Hussein, Marwa, Mohamed, Mostafa, Osama Herkal, Raghad Samir, Shouq Ramadan, Roula Al Jabi, Maryan Captan, Eric Battle, Joshua Graupera, Yaroub Al-Obaidi, and Samah.

Upcoming Programs:

  • July 13: Open House and Reception at the new Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement at Parkway Central Library

Swarthmore College presents concurring exhibitions at City Hall, on view through July 26, and Twelve Gates Arts through August 15. Swarthmore College hosted the project’s first exhibition and launched its series of events in March 2019.