“When Home Won’t Let You Stay” is a poignant photography exhibition about refugees in Minnesota by documentary photographer James A. Bowey. It provides a new perspective on the often hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities. The traveling exhibition consists of contemporary color portraits accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the plight and resiliency of refugees who call Minnesota home. The exhibition also includes a unique live community conversation moderated by the photographer to consider the experiences of refugees, and the responses of local communities to needs of displaced people around the world.
James A. Bowey is a documentary photographer who explores issues of human rights and social connection. He has spent his career covering a wide range of global and national stories from the war in Bosnia to Hurricane Katrina. His work has been featured by The New York Times, Time Magazine, the Associated Press, as well as in numerous exhibitions. Bowey is also an educator and was on the faculty at Winona State University from 2008 to 2015 where he won the national WOW award for innovation in higher education.
This project was made possible through the combined efforts of the Plainview Library and the Plainview Area Foundation.