Unsettled Lives: 

Displaced Iraqis in
Metro Detroit

Dearborn –  2018

UNSETTLED LIVES - was an exhibition documenting the history of Iraqi migration to metro Detroit in the wake of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Attracted by Dearborn’s many Arabic speakers, mosques, and service organizations, as well as the affordable housing of Detroit, roughly 10,000 Iraqis have settled in Wayne County since the 1990s. Many of those interviewed spent the years immediately following the war in the large refugee camp in Rafha, Saudi Arabia, which was set up in the aftermath of the failed uprising against Saddam Hussein. The bonds their families built in Rafha, and in other refugee centers in Syria, Jordan, and Iran, were renewed in Detroit as families slowly came together again in this new environment.


Studio M + E  –  Detroit . Mexico City