RECREATING HOME: Photographs of the Refugee Experience

September 14, 2019 to October 26, 2019


Nearly 15,000 refugees have resettled in Syracuse over the course of the past 15 years. The majority of these families and many of those who continue to arrive ultimately call the Northside neighborhood home.

Most families have fled extreme poverty, environmental disasters, political turmoil, conflict or worse and have since begun life anew, many arriving in Syracuse without a penny or a word of English.

These communities — spanning individuals from throughout Africa, the Middle East, Ukraine, Cuba and parts of Asia — live in what most of us would consider poverty, but their appreciation for a new life and work ethic is profound.

Photographer Maranie R. Staab has explored these communities and feels privileged to have been allowed into the lives of families as they work to recreate “home” thousands of miles away from the ones they once knew.

Photo credit Maranie R. Staab © (2018)





This project is made possible, in part, by funding from the County of Onondaga, administered by CNY Arts.
Mark Briggs, Mary Bronner, Kathryn Davis, Michael DeSalvo & Nick Orth,
Sylvie Destian, Margrit Diehl, Geraldine Forbes & Sidney Greenblatt, Lanny Freshman & Rae Kramer,
Mike Greenlar & Linda Bogart, Barry & Barbara Gordon, Julie Gozan & Tom Keck, Diane Grafly & Paul Pearce,
John Haritatos & Mark Desalvia, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Leon & Rosemary Oaks-Lee,
Michael Miller & Kate O’Connell, Deidre Neilen, Nancy Keefe Rhodes, Paula & Shantanette Patrice-Johnson,
Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Carmen Viviano-Crafts, and Rosemary Welsh & Craig Schlanger

Annemarie Deegan, Bob Gates & Deborah Welsh, GEGENSATZ PRESS, Ruth Heller-1199SEIU, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas,
Kim & Steve Linkenhoker, Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Jeremy McKay, Pam McLaughlin, Lauren & Walter Melnikow,
Fred & Diane Murphy, George Savage, Laurie Gilmore Selleck, Jeff Unaitis, Shailia Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff


Anonymous, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Bousquet Holstein, PLLC, Caroline Cargo,
Therese A. Deegan, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Ann Jamison,
Lauren & Walter Melnikow, Shirley & Larry Novak,
Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, and Susie Weiss


Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith