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Artwork from "This Land is Whose Land?" exhibition.

KETCHUM — “This Land Is Whose Land?” — the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ new BIG IDEA project — will begin at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 with a celebration at the center’s museum, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum. At this free event, the public can enjoy a glass of wine while they view the exhibition. “This Land is Whose Land?” is sponsored by Jeanne Meyers and Richard Carr.

The BIG IDEA project challenges us with difficult questions: What role should the U.S. play in resettling refugees? What responsibilities do we have as a nation? What are the risks and rewards of welcoming refugees to our communities?

The center’s exhibition features works by artists who recognize the history of refugees in the United States, as well as the broader contemporary refugee crisis Participating artists are:

  • Tiffany Chung, an artist who works in a wide range of media — from sculpture and embroidery to photography and film — has devoted much of her career to examining migration, displacement and the complex relationships between the political, economic and environmental factors that can trigger refugee crises.
  • Angie Smith, a Los Angeles-based artist who has spent the past several years making portraits and recording the stories of refugees who have resettled in Boise after leaving their home countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • Fazal Sheikh, an artist who uses photography to document the lives of people living in misplaced or marginalized communities around the world, including refugee camps that have been in place for decades.
  • Shiva Ahmadi, an artist born in Tehran, and now based in California, whose hand-drawn works are inspired by Middle Eastern creative traditions and the current Syrian refugee crisis.

A series of lectures, workshops, films and a staged theatrical reading will complement the “This Land Is Whose Land?” exhibition and encourage community discussion. The visual arts exhibition for the program will be on view through March 31. A free panel discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 13. More information: call 208-726-9491 or go to


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