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1st Person Nashville, a collaborative, multi-media project that amplifies the voices of Nashville's refugee and immigrant communities, will exhibit selections of work from 6PM to 9PM on Tuesday June 7th, 2016, one night only.

More than 12% of Nashville's residents have migrated here from another country. But while numbers mean something, they cannot convey the personal accounts of loss and connection, the daily routines of those who have fled violence and now call Nashville home. Through a full-throated collaboration in photography, video and text, 1st Person Nashville explores the lives of our most vulnerable residents, from eye level. 1PN will exhibit selections from its first three stories, one night only, on June 7th at the Red Arrow Gallery. 6pm-9pm. This exhibition is part of an ongoing conversation. All are welcome. This project is funded in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission

KHALID K. fled Syria in 2013 in the midst of an encroaching civil war. At 17 years old, he arrived in Brooklyn by himself and began working as a barber, attending high school and living on his own. In 2014 he moved to Nashville and applied for asylum. He is still awaiting a decision.

KARLA CHAVEZ moved with her mother from Mexico at five years old, fleeing domestic violence. She did not know she was undocumented until age 17 when she began applying to college. A so-called Dreamer, she is temporarily protected under DACA. With this immigration status she was able to attend college. In 2015 she graduated from Lipscomb University, where she now works as an admissions recruiter.

JAMES MAKUAC was born in what is now South Sudan, but was forced out of his home village at age six due to sectarian warfare that overtook his village. One of the so-called Lost Boys of Sudan, he spent years on the run in the wilderness, and years more in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. He came to Nashville in 2001. James's paintings have shown at the Frist Center and various galleries. He will be a featured artist at the BNA airport this summer.

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The Red Arrow Gallery
919 Gallatin Ave #4
Nashville, TN 37206
Exhibition title: 1st PERSON NASHVILLE
Exhibition date: June 7th, 2016
Gallery hours: Friday – Sunday by Appt
Saturday 12 Noon – 6PM
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By: The Red Arrow Gallery - East Nashville

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