Mohamad Hafez came to the United States to study architecture at Iowa State University, and was unable to return to his beloved Syria. With the advent of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, his home was forever changed. His memories and love for his homeland led Hafez to begin creating very personal works of art in response to the crisis in Syria. Through art he hopes to give voice to these refugees, and humanize their plight as they attempt to forge new lives in a world so unlike their own. Hafez’s miniaturized recreations are recollections of the refugee placed within a suitcase. The exhibition Unpacked: Refugee Baggage is in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall, September 4-October 19.