~~Jim Lommasson is an award-winning photographer and author living in Portland, Oregon and the creator Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory., our current special exhibition. Commissioned by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the exhibition showcases more than 60 never-before-seen personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Each artifact is dramatically showcased alongside oversized photographs by Lommasson with handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members.
Lommasson is also the creator of What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization, an ongoing collaborative storytelling project with displaced Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have fled to the U.S. What We Carried became a traveling exhibition and has been featured in galleries and museum across the United States.