Month of Photography Los Angeles
has begun and at Space15Twenty we're very lucky to be hosting several events as part of the festivities. On Wednesday, April 11
, Los Angeles-based photographer Angie Smith will be showing an installation of her current project Stronger Shines the Light Inside.
Stronger Shines the Light Inside is an ongoing photography project that tells the personal stories of refugee resettlement in the United States. In 2015, Smith began documenting refugees rebuilding their lives in Boise, Idaho. She’s since photographed communities in Salt Lake City, Albany, New York, and Los Angeles. Stronger Shines the Light Inside helps Americans understand the complexities, struggles, and personal triumphs that refugees experience in their everyday lives.
Of the 65 million displaced people worldwide, only 1% will eventually be resettled in a host country. And of that 1%, each has endured a long and grueling screening process, often spanning years. This project presents refugees as individuals, each with a unique story, grappling with questions of self-identity, reconciliation with the past, and sifting through the emotions of adjusting to an entirely new culture.
Smith was born in Eugene, Oregon and studied photography at Bard College in upstate New York. Since founding the project in 2015, she has exhibited Stronger Shines the Light in Idaho, as well as in photo essays published in the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic and National Geographic. This event will be the first time the work has been seen in Los Angeles, including new photographs of families that have settled in LA.