THE LONG JOURNEY: UN Human Rights Exhibit, Charity Auction and Reception

January 23 – February 12, 2015
2 – 6PM

The Long Journey:The Palestine Refugee Experience since 1948On view at AlwanFriday, January 23 -February 12, 2015Monday-Friday, from 2-6pm daily, or by appointmentReception & Charity Auction: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm

(Photographs to be auctioned with all proceeds/reception donations benefiting the UNRWA Gaza Emergecy Relief Fund)

The Long Journey is an exhibition that recounts the life and history of the Palestine refugees since 1948 through a selection of iconic pictures and films from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)‘s archives. The exhibition draws public attention on human stories and the works of UNRWA in the Middle East. In this exhibit, UNRWA unveils the first part of its newly digitized archive, which consists of over half a million negatives, prints, slides, films and videocassettes covering all aspects of the life and history of Palestine refugees from 1948 to the present day. The first group of iconic photographs are part of the exhibition, The Long Journey, which opens on 23 January, 2015, at Alwan for the Arts in Lower Manhattan.UNRWA’s archive has been inscribed on the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register, which includes collections of outstanding cultural and historical significance. In tandem with the digitized archive, UNRWA is also launching a website,, where the 1,948 images will be available to media, academics, writers and others who wish to study, explore or just have a window into the world of Palestine refugees from 1948 to the present day.

Free and Open to the Public

Organized by

Alwan for the Arts & UNRWA USA