Both Darian Woehr and Hailey Sadler have devoted much of their early careers to exploring concepts of home. Hailey has documented the refugee crisis across the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, with extended time on the borders of Syria and in Bangladesh. Darian has dedicated most of her career to better understanding and capturing the conflict over indigenous land rights in the Southern Cone.
Both of these issues share the central theme of home: of losing home, finding home, fighting for home, and longing for home. Home as memory, identity, culture, safety, and necessity.
Darian is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been lucky enough to call many places home. “Home” is goofy family group chats when you’re apart and awkward family photos when you’re together. It’s anywhere you’ve felt warmth and community. At its root, “home” is a place you’ve known for years or just minutes, regardless, it pulls you in and welcomes you with open arms.
Hailey is an international documentary photographer focusing on the human toll of trauma, conflict, and displacement. For her, “home” means the rivers and fields of rural Virginia; it’s her close-knit family; it’s creaky old wooden floor boards. But home is also an intentional practice. She feels privileged to have learned the most powerful lessons about home through the open doors and welcoming tables of friends around the world who are displaced, separated from family, or living as refugees.