Syria: A Conflict Explored

IWM London
Until 3 September 2017

Gain an understanding of the origins, escalations and human impact of the ongoing Syria conflict in Syria: A Conflict Explored, a season of exhibitions and events — part of our new Conflict Now programming strand.

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Homeless children play in the ruins of Homs

Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria

See the first UK exhibition by award-winning Russian documentary photographer Sergey Ponomarev, featuring more than 60 unforgettable colour photographs from two recent bodies of work. 

'Assad’s Syria' offers a rare insight into what life was really like for people living in Government-controlled areas of Syria in 2013-2014. 

'The Exodus' captures the determination, endurance and suffering of people from Syria and elsewhere who sought asylum and a better life in Europe in 2015-2016. 

Visitor watching the installation film experience inside the Syria: Story of a Conflict exhibition

Syria: Story of a Conflict

Get a balanced and objective introduction to the complex conflict in Syria, which began in 2011. This intimate display explores the causes and effects of this bitter conflict through a collection of objects, personal stories and an installation film experience, all considering how a country, once known for its relative stability, has been shattered by conflict. The conflict is very much a ‘war of narratives’ – all sides compete to tell their version of what is happening and accurate information is hard to come by. 

The ongoing conflict has already lasted longer than the Second World War. As a result, nearly half a million people have been killed. Almost eleven million – half the pre-war population – have been forced from their homes and much of the country lies in ruins.

This exhibition tells personal stories of those Syrians from all walks of life who have been impacted by the conflict.

Image 1: © Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times 
Image 2: Visitor watching the installation film experience inside Syria: Story of a Conflict exhibition © IWM

Why Is The Syria Conflict So Complex?

Find out more about the Syria conflict in a series of videos featuring Dr Christopher Phillips, who has co-curated Syria: Story Of A Conflict alongside IWM.