Thu 31 August 2017 – Sun 3 September 2017

Next event: Thu 31 August 2017


Free, drop-in

Who do you believe is telling the truth, and why do you believe them?

If Vietnam was the first conflict on television, Syria is the first on YouTube. The number of minutes uploaded exceeds the number of real-time minutes which have passed since the conflict began on Tuesday 15 March 2011. Every day, this number rises as the vicious conflict creeps onward, but does the quantity of material available mean we understand what is happening on the ground any better?

Award-winning creative collective Anagram invite museum visitors to actively and intimately think about how to make sense of what we hear from Syria. Taking evidence from specific events during the battle of Aleppo in late 2016, this experience asks: is confusion a weapon being used to stop the international community from acting; who controls the fog of war?

From exposing the algorithms of media moguls to grappling with our cloudy internal prejudice, I SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH is a thought-provoking experience inviting you to inspect how social and information networks have affected your perception of the world we live in, and your place in it.

Syria: A Conflict Explored aims to address the complexity of the conflict in Syria and to allow visitors to gain an understanding of the origins, escalations and human impact. As part of this season, I SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH examines information networks. First swear to tell the truth at the Information Desk at IWM London and then embark on a mission to investigate the nature of truth – in the museum, in the world, in your own mind. Put on a pair of headphones to be taken around the museum and be challenged to undertake a series of tasks which question how you receive and process information. The two-part audio tour then leads you to the third and final part of the experience: a video installation showing footage of the Syria conflict and a model reconstruction which bring the piece’s many complex themes together in a thought-provoking (anti-)conclusion. The experience is free and lasts approximately an hour.

This is an experimental "scratch" project. Scratch is a process taken from theatre and is about sharing an idea or project with the public at an early stage of its development. This helps artists and creatives to work out how to take their idea on to the next stage. IWM and Anagram intend to further develop I SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH in order to better engage audiences with these complex issues.

  • Some material or subject matter may be unsuitable or challenging for younger children.


This is part of Syria: a Conflict Explored, a season of exhibitions and events taking place at IWM London, reflecting upon the ongoing conflict in Syria. Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria features more than 60 unforgettable colour photographs by the award-winning Russian documentary photographer, and Syria: Story of a Conflict explores the causes and effects of this bitter conflict through a collection of objects, personal stories and an installation film experience.

Display equipment generously provided by NEC Display Solutions.


Photo: Homs, Syria, 15 June 2014 from Assad’s Syria (2013-2014) © Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times


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