by Gabriele Stabile
A refugee is defined as a person who has crossed a border to escape persecution based religion, political opinion, sexual or ethnic identities. For six years Stabile worked in coordination with the International Organization for Migration and other resettlement organizations around the country to photograph refugees from Cuba, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East as they set foot on American soil. Customarily, their first nights are spent at a string of airport hotels in major US metropolises.
In this body of work the photographer focussed on the feeling of isolation a person may experience when leaving one’s country without any promise of return.