Most of the asylum seekers whose photos were taken for the project are currently detained at the southern Holot facility, set to close at the end of next month as part of the program to expel African migrants from Israel.
Some of those photographed were transferred from Saharonim prison to Holot just this week, after they made known their refusal to consent to deportation to Rwanda.
Photographs—by Haim Schwarczenberg, Oren Ziv and others—were hung outside the new Central Bus Station and around Herzl, Nachlat Binyamin and Allenby Streets, as well as elsewhere.
The exhibit will also be featured at an anti-expulsion rally, to be held Saturday in south Tel Aviv.
"While the government is sending refugees to incarceration at Holot and Saharonim and to expulsion to third countries, the project wishes to give form to the people Israel wishes to make disappear from public discourse," a message put out on behalf of the photographers said.
"Through these photographs, we wish to remind (Israelis) that the refugees are seeking asylum and have instead received prison. Photos seek to remind the public, as well as decision makers, that even if they are sent to indefinite detention, the reason that brought them to Israel will not be forgotten: to seek asylum," the message concluded.
Michael, an asylum seeker who participated in the project, said, "We wish for the people of Israel—and the world—to know that we are denied visas and thrown in jail, but we're not going to Uganda or Rwanda—we will stay in prison, although I hope that won't happen.
"We want them to know we're truly refugees and that we escaped to save our lives. The Israeli government is lying when it says we're work migrants."
Preparations for the rally, to be held starting 8:30pm in southern Tel Aviv, are almost complete. The movement orchestrating the rally, known as "South Tel Aviv Against Deportation", is expecting thousands to flock to the area to attend from across Israel in a bid to display widespread opposition to the Knesset's approval of the deportation plan two months ago.
The demonstration will be held throughout Levinsky Street and roads around it will be closed starting 3pm. Journalist Merav Betito will host the rally, where south Tel Aviv residents, asylum seekers, author Sami Shalom Chetrit, social activist Shula Mula and other public figures are expected to speak. Musicians Omer Lev and Karolina will perform onstage.
South Tel Aviv has been seriously affected by the wave of illegal migration in recent years that swept through Israel's once-porous southern border.