Art collector and gallerist Gary Nader is proud to announce the launch of The Crossing Point exhibit, an impactful photo series by Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi that raises awareness of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. The exhibit will open at Gary Nader Fine Art in New York this September before making its way to the Gary Nader Art Centre in Miami, Fla., in December for Art Basel.
All proceeds from The Crossing Point will benefit The Radcliffe Foundation Refugee Crisis Fund, which has been actively responding to the on-going refugee crisis by providing humanitarian aid to refugees in Greece and Turkey.
This initiative was started after businessman and philanthropist Amed Khan brought together Gary Nader, Effendi and Canadian philanthropist Frank Giustra. Determined to raise awareness and alleviate the suffering of those involved in the international crisis, they have teamed up for the exhibit to inspire the public at large to engage and support all humanitarian efforts that help the millions of people affected by this crisis.
”The Crossing Point exhibit is going to highlight some of the areas that have been most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis and how it has had such a tragic impact in the lives of those involved,” said Nader. “It is crucial to raise awareness and funds for this cause and do what we can to provide a better life for the thousands of distressed and helpless families.”
Effendi got the inspiration for The Crossing Point last year while visiting Idomeni, a small town in Greece. While there, she witnessed hundreds of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees fleeing to Europe with meager food supplies and scarce belongings in an attempt to escape the violence of war back home.
“Thousands of people are currently stuck in a limbo, languishing in a wretched camp by the European border with families moved and shuffled inside, progressively unsettled by their fading hopes to cross for a chance of a better life,” said Effendi. “The Crossing Point is a metaphor for human resilience at the face of hardship.”
The Syrian war has forced an estimated 12 million Syrians, over 50 percent of the population, to flee their homes for safety. During 2015 alone, more than 1 million have made dangerous journeys to Europe, often arriving with only what they could carry. After witnessing the plight of refugees arriving on the beaches of Greek Island of Lesbos firsthand, Frank Giustra set up the refugee crisis fund to provide provisions of basic survival needs to children and families who are living in desolate conditions in informal camps.
“Not only do Rena’s photographs capture the tragedy of this epic crisis, but they capture the resilience of the human spirit,” said Giustra. “In her own words, she is not only looking to evoke pity and compassion but rather respect and admiration for these people who have endured so much.”
“Suffering does not stop at Syria’s borders,” added Khan. “The competing despair and dignity routinely on display in camps and urban settings across Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece is heart-wrenching. The hospitality of local communities, volunteers and other groups is laudable. Just as striking is the absence of much needed Western government involvement and leadership, which thus far has been scant and otherwise self-servingly blind to the needs of millions. We are at an inflection point, from which a generation of Syrians may lose their futures, and we are complicit in creating a far more dangerous world for their children and ours.”
To learn more about The Crossing Point exhibit and to purchase prints, visit www.radclifferefugeesexhibit.com