Photographer Amber Ford, a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art, will have photos on display at the Hartzmark Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel through December.
The exhibition, “By Force & By Choice,” aims to help viewers connect and learn about individuals who had to leave their home countries and settled in Cleveland. Ford found the individuals through local organizations and took their pictures as a study into their identities and to encourage collaborative engagement with others.
“America, known as the ‘land of opportunities,’ is often a destination for those in need of a new home,” Ford said. “Some need it more than others, but not everyone has a choice. While immigrants are individuals who choose to live permanently in a foreign country, refugees are forced to leave their land to escape war and persecution.
“In the exhibition, ‘By Force & By Choice,’ I turn my lens and my ear to focus on immigrants and refugees. These photographic portraits let you see a glimpse of the individuals who live in urban areas of Cleveland. Barriers such as language can make integrating into the community difficult – but not impossible. Thanks to dedicated organizations, individuals can receive vital education and job training that help them adjust to their new lives in the United States.”
The Temple-Tifereth Israel is at 26000 Shaker Blvd. in Beachwood.
For more information about the exhibition, call museum director Sue Koletsky at 216-455-1697.