By the Olive Trees
A Project by Benjamin Rasmussen and Michael Friberg about the Lives of Syrian Refugees in Jordan

By the Olive Trees

September 22 - October 21, 2016
Meet the Artists, September 24th 10am – 5pm

Haus Collective presents the documentary-based work of Benjamin Rasmussen and Michael Friberg in collaboration with the newly organized 4x5 Photo Fest Thursday, September 22nd 6-8pm.  

Artists Friberg and Rasmussen have taken their expansive editorial experience and travelled to Jordan to document the plight of Syrian refugees displaced there. Utilizing large and medium format cameras, as well as audio recorders, the friends and collaborators were able to lend their own sophisticated visual language to the crucial documentation of one of the worst humanitarian crises our world has ever seen.

Stirring imagery and poignant narratives come together inside the gallery to more intimately inform audiences of complex events taking place thousands of miles away.  By the Olive Trees is a 64-page color newsprint publication consisting of stories from those affected by the Syrian civil war and will also be distributed as part of the exhibition at Haus Collective.

As part of their mission to serve as a platform for dialogue in our community, Haus Collective organizes their first-ever panel, Home + the Human Condition, to take place during the month-long dedication to this project and its continued funding. The program will address the dire human rights crises occurring in Syria and throughout the region while panelists discuss some of the larger consequences of war and displacement. This event will culminate the exhibition Tuesday, October 18th.  

Please join Haus Collective for By The Olive Trees Opening Reception September 22nd 2016 6:30 – 8pm. An Artist Talk has been separately organized to coincide with 4x5 Print Fair at Brick September 24th 2016 at 3pm, during which Haus Collective will be open from 10am – 5pm.

Media Contacts:

Hyland O’Brien, Haus Collective, Program & Gallery Manager

Faith Haddad, Haus Collective, Director 512-923-9704

About 4x5 Foto Fest

 The 4x5 Photo Fest is focused on building intentional community by connecting, educating, encouraging, and inspiring others to become better photographers while listening to professionals in the field tell stories about their work. 4x5 Photo Fest welcomes all photographers - new and experienced - to unleash their creativity and enhance their network.

Through collaborations with photographers, journalists, educators, and businesses, the organization specifically caters to heighten the rich and diverse photography community within the San Antonio and Austin corridor.

4x5 Creative Directors: Scott Ball, Shannon Gowen, Josh Huskin

About Benjamin Rasmussen

 Benjamin Rasmussen is a freelance photographer based in Denver, Colorado. He spent his childhood with an indigenous people group on an island in the southern Philippines, his university years with evangelicals in a small town in northern Arkansas, and a year with the descendants of Vikings in the Faroe Islands, a nation of 45,000 residents in the middle of the North Atlantic. In 2014, Benjamin was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. His work has been selected for the American Photography Annual, shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnac Award, and awarded in the 2010 POYi awards. He has been chosen as one of Photolucida’s 2010 Critical Mass Top 50 and included in the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2011 and 2012 lists.

About Michael Friberg

Michael Friberg attended Westminister College and works as an editorial and documentary photographer. In 2013 Michael Friberg was chosen as PDN’s 30 under 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. His clients include: GQ, Esquire, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, Google, ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, Wall Street Journal Magazine, TIME Magazine, The New Republic Inc, Apple, Wired, Stern (Germany), M Le magazine Du Monde (Le Monde), Men's Journal, Runner's World, AARP, Outside Magazine, Variety and Rolling Stone