Syria: A Conflict Explored

IWM London
Coming Soon: 27 April – 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. 

Souvenir mugs which is and example of those on sale in pro-Government areas of Syria, reflecting the close ties between Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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 will tell 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: Souvenir mugs like these are on sale in pro-Government areas of Syria, reflecting the close ties between Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


WE WERE THERE: Conflict Café – conversations about Syria

27 April 2017

To launch this season, hear from citizens and journalists who have experienced the Syria conflict on the ground, sharing their stories in our free pop-up Conflict Café.

Syrian drinks and delicacies will be provided by Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, a restaurant set up by chef and former refugee Imad Alarnab. 


Upcoming events

From May until August, award-winning creative collective Anagram will take up residency at IWM London to explore subjects such as information and misinformation regarding the Syria conflict.

Question your understanding of the conflict in Syria through these thought-provoking debates, tours and more, and share your personal stories and different perspectives. Discuss the role of art and media in representing conflict and reflect on the changing nature of the situation in Syria and how we perceive it.

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