SHELTER is a large-scale installation created by the artist Lisa Karrer. The exhibit seeks to illuminate the critical role played by American cities, such as Buffalo, where refugee organizations intersect with local communities in vitally important ways. SHELTER premiered at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, from December 2020 through June 2021.
This 12-minute video combines the physical exhibit with excerpts of audio narratives and video scenarios in the SHELTER installation. The camera brings the viewer to each of the eight "Stations" - groups of ceramic forms inspired by global refugee camps and stopgap shelters - for an up-close and intimate immersive experience.