A new window display at the Crescent Beach PopUp Gallery shares the stories of newcomer women. Each window provides a glimpse into a different female’s journey and life in Canada. Many immigrated from countries such as Iraq, Syria and Jordan.

“I wanted to show how families adapt to Canadian culture, but also share what memories and heritage they’ve brought from their home countries,” explains Nazam Bains, a social work graduate and project leader.

These photos were created through a series of cultural exchange workshops held by Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS). Participants explored questions of cultural diversity and learned camera skills from a professional photographer. The final assignment was to create auto-ethnographic photography series—a method of telling one’s story through photos.

“This project is a great example of how we promote harmony and inter-cultural understanding,” says Devinder Chattha, Director, Language, Settlement & Social programs at PICS. “We hope that people not only enjoy the artwork, but also learn about people who are new to their community.”

“I’m very pleased with how it turned out,” says Nazam. “I never thought that working in a social service setting would lead me to work as an artist.”

The photos are on display until Sep 22. To learn more about the Crescent Beach Pop-Up Gallery, visit www.surrey.ca/arts