“We are the Pigeons” student exhibition documents Italian refugee crisis

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2017 — The photography exhibition “We are the Pigeons: The Italian Refugee Crisis” opens at the Drury on C-Street Art Gallery with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3.

This month’s exhibition is the work of Drury senior Bre Legan and features a collection of photographs she captured during her study abroad trip to Florence, Italy. The project focuses on Legan’s encounters with refugees living in the city.

“Pigeons are closely related to doves, but are viewed as vermin,” Legan says. In a conversation with one of Florence’s many African refugees, she discovered that this is the way that many of the displaced men and women living in Italy feel about themselves.

“My brothers and sisters here, we are the pigeons,” one man told her in a conversation that sparked the project.

Touched by this event, Legan spent the rest of her time in Florence trying to better understand the city’s community of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. “We are the Pigeons” documents their experience through the lens of Legan’s camera.

Gallery attendees can expect to see a variety of photographs featuring the architecture, people, and birds of Florence. Each piece is accompanied by a written narrative that provides context and ties the images together.

The exhibition runs through November 24. Drury’s C-Street gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call (417) 873-6337 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, and the weaving studio. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.