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Celeste Huang-Menders

Celeste Huang-Menders

Documentary photographer, journalist, independent advocate


Celeste Huang-Menders and Alexander Huang-Menders are a sister and brother team of journalists raising awareness of the global refugee crisis. They have documented refugee camps and displaced people in Greece and Mexico and are key members of a major global portrait project called “The Power of Faces” that seeks to humanize the is crisis, which the United Nations calls “the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.” Celeste and Alexander have documented refugee boat landings in Greece as well as nighttime ocean patrols with the Greek Coast Guard. They have interviewed displaced individuals in camps in Athens and Chios, Greece and Tijuana, Mexico. Celeste and Alexander’s work has been exhibited at Amnesty International, The Middle East Institute, numerous colleges and high schools, and other institutions. Their photographs related to the refugee crisis have appeared in numerous magazines and online media. In addition to her advocacy work, Celeste is active in a wide range of STEM disciplines and fine art. Her creative artwork has been exhibited at the Bruce Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary. Celeste’s mural projects include installations at Trenton’s Roberto Clemente Park as part of the city’s urban renewal initiative and the Providence city-wide arts festival PVDFest. In December 2019, Celeste created a 10-foot tall mural on the border wall at the Tijuana/U.S. border to raise awareness of the issues facing displaced individuals. Celeste was awarded a Make Magazine Editors’ Choice Award for designing visual stage effects at World MakerFaire 2017. Celeste attends The George School in Newtown, PA where she is an Honor Roll and Head of School recognition recipient.

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Documentary photographer and independent advocate raising awareness of the Global Refugee Crisis through advocacy, art, journalism and research.