OF DISMANTLING FEAR
Location: Tucson, AZ
Goal: Create a literary magazine &
website sharing the stories of Tucson refugees
I was the creative director of the grant-funded project, Dismantling Fear: Voices of Tucson's Refugee Community. University of Arizona professor, Orhon Myadar and Lisa Hochtritt recruited me to help interview, photograph, and share the stories of Tucson refugees through the production of a literary magazine and website. It was our goal to dismantle the fear surrounding immigrants in today’s current socio-political climate.
We met people from all over the world who came to the U.S. through the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Most of them spent years in refugee camps, living in unfathomable conditions that they were fortunate to escape. They found new homes in Tucson, where they are grateful to have so many new opportunities. We wanted to share their stories and highlight the ways in which they preserve their culture – cooking, gardening, crafting, etc.
In designing the covers, I focused on the concept of fear. Most fear stems from the unknown. It arises when there is an absence and/or misinterpretation of information. The cover of this publication is a compilation of all the lines from the map illustrations inside. By overlaying select information without any context, an unsettling image forms. However, when one looks inside the magazine and sees each individual component for what it is, understanding replaces fear.