Where is your family from?

I’m creating a series of portraits of people whose families have experienced migration or displacement.

I’d love to have you participate.

This project is part of my artist residency at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The definition is intentionally broad, so yes, you qualify. If you look far enough back in time, everyone’s family has experienced migration or displacement at some point. (Sometimes willingly, sometimes unwillingly)

Please join us at one of six community portrait sessions to add your face to the mix and share your family’s story with us.

The completed series will be exhibited at the museum, and after the installation is up, we’ll gather participants together for a special screening & celebration on Wednesday July 20th.

Portrait Session Details:

Saturday May 21 @ Church Of The Advocate, 10am–6pm [RSVP here]
– in conjunction with Art Sanctuary‘s Literary & Arts Conference + Outdoor Street Festival

Wednesday May 25 @ Norris Square Senior Center, 1 – 5pm [RSVP here]
– in partnership with Norris Square Neighborhood Project and Catholic Healthcare Services

Saturday May 28 @ NMAJH in Old City , 10am – 5pm [RSVP here]
– Includes free admission to the museum for participants

Sunday May 29 @ NMAJH in Old City, 10am – 5pm [RSVP here]
– Includes free admission to the museum for participants

Tuesday May 31 @ The Moffett School in Kensington, 5 – 7pm [RSVP here]
– in conjunction with Al Bustan Seeds of Culture‘s Arts Celebration

Wednesday June 1 @ SEAMAAC in S. Philly [RSVP here]
– in conjunction with SEAMAAC‘s community of elders.

Screening & Celebration Details:

Wednesday July 20 @ NMAJH, 6pm – 8pm [RSVP via NMAJH]
– museum admission is pay-what-you-wish on Wednesday nights all summer!

The portrait exhibit will be up and visible during regular museum hours from June 21 through mid-August. I’ll also have a series of other installations up throughout the museum during that time, and hope that you’ll be able to check them all out.


OPEN for Interpretation featuring JJ Tiziou is made possible through the generous support of the William Penn Foundation. Major support has been provided by Sherrill Neff and Alicia Felton, and Judith Creed and Robert Schwartz, with additional support from The Paul and Emily Singer Foundation and Drs. Marsha and Stephen Silberstein.