Image of Diaspora 1915 courtesy of Paul Batou
Stanislaus State is currently hosting the Tell Our Stories: Artifacts from the Assyrian Genocide exhibition,, which is on display from June 30, 2022, to August 7, 2022.
Using personal narratives and historical artifacts, this exhibition explores the Assyrian Genocide era - roughly 1895 through 1924 in the Ottoman Empire and Persia - and the legacy of the Genocide. The exhibition tells the stories of several survivors who lost families, endured unspeakable hardship, and built a future for their families across the US, as well as the stories of survivors' children which remind us that the impact of genocide lasts generations.
The exhibition also features several paintings by contemporary Assyrian artists reflecting on related themes, including genocide, diaspora, and resilience. It was developed by Kathy Sayad Zatari, Dr. Ruth Kambar, Professor Hannibal Travis, and Dr. Erin Hughes.
'Tell Our Stories' can be viewed in our University Art Gallery. It is free and open to the public.
This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.
This project is also made possible with the support of the Assyrian Arts Institute and the Assyrian Studies Association.