Through their lens

A photo exhibit kicks off tonight with the intent to let immigrants show their integration into Kelowna through photos.

The photographs were taken as part of a three-year study designed to build community and understand immigrants’ experiences.

The Immigrant experience photo exhibition will be hosted by UBC Okanagan associate prof. Shirley Chau and runs until March 5.

Chau teaches in UBC Okanagan’s School of Social Work. The exhibit is a collaborative research effort, funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

The photo exhibit will showcase photographs taken by new Canadians who immigrated to Kelowna from various countries around the world.

Event organizers say the pictures signify the immigrant's perspectives through a variety of themes, including safety and security, social support, professional identity, cultural changes and identity.

The photographers created the exhibit to tell their stories as a collective while maintaining individual points of view and experiences.

The free event takes place at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and kicks off at 6 p.m. with an opening reception.

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