Andrew Oberstadt
Andrew Oberstadt
Andrew Oberstadt

The IRC’s response to asylum seekers here in the U.S., is the first of its kind in the history of the organization. The current administration has forced us to shift our focus from the day-to-day work of integrating new arrivals, to providing for families within our borders.

Exhibition photographs and videos of IRC’s work in the U.S. explores the arc of resettlement; different types of arrivals and welcomes, as well as our organization’s long commitment to rebuilding lives and communities. The visual display will illustrate the journey to resettlement, the value that new Americans add to our communities, and the consequences of the administration’s dangerous policies.

Artist Bios

  • Andrew Oberstadt

    Andrew Oberstadt is a videographer/photographer from Holland, Michigan, now based in New York City. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago, he served in the United States Peace Corps (USPC) in Senegal. Upon completion of USPC service, he remained in West Africa and worked as a freelance videographer, covering news events, and environmental and human interest stories, including the 2015 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

    Since joining the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in 2016, Andrew produces multimedia stories about resettled refugee families in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and East and West Africa. While visually documenting refugee stories is paramount, Andrew’s photographs are also providing insight into how Trump-era policies are targeting refugees and dismantling the resettlement system in the U.S.

    Most recently Andrew photographed asylum-seeking families that the IRC supports in Phoenix, Arizona. Although he was a member of the media team when he was in Phoenix, Andrew participated in IRC’s emergency response, assisting with transportation logistics while taking photographs of individuals and families traversing the U.S. asylum-seeking process.

    When Andrew is not producing multimedia stories for the International Rescue Committee, he is experimenting with multi-exposure film portraiture, street photography, and making music videos for West African artists.


  • The International Rescue Committee

    The International Rescue Committee

    The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and rebuild.

    Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, we first helped people fleeing violence and persecution in Europe find safety in the United States.

    Today, we work in over 40 crisis-affected countries — bringing ingenuity, fortitude, and optimism to make a lasting impact for the people we serve. We arrive at the onset of crisis and aim to stay as long as we are needed. We also help refugees and other vulnerable people integrate into their new communities across dozens of cities in Europe and the Americas.

    The IRC provides health care, helps children learn, and empowers individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always with a focus on the unique needs of women and girls.


 archive : 2019

Featuring: Andrew Oberstadt

Curated by: Meredith Whitefield

Presented by: The International Rescue Committee
  • The International Rescue Committee


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