Syria: A Conflict Explored

IWM North
Opens 16 February 2018

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 Conflict Now programming strand.

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A cyclist watches a fire caused by the explosion of a mortar shell © Sergey Ponomarev

Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria

An extensive series of photographs by award-winning Russian documentary photographer Sergey Ponomarev. The exhibition will explore the human consequences of the Syria conflict and its connection to the European refugee crisis of 2015.

Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria will feature more than 60 photographs selected from two bodies of work by Ponomarev and will be presented in two sections, Assad's Syria and The Exodus. Assad’s Syriaoffers 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 origins, escalations and impact of the Syria 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. More than 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
Image 2: Visitor watching the installation film experience inside Syria: Story of a Conflict exhibition © IWM


Conflict Café: Conversations about Syria

Saturday 17 February & Saturday 5 May 2018, 11am-5pm | Free | Drop-in

Our Conflict Café series offers a unique opportunity to meet experts and eyewitnesses in an informal setting to discuss the human impact of conflict and hear their personal stories.


I Swear to Tell the Truth

15 March – 27 May 2018 | Adult £6, Concession £4 | Drop-in

An immersive audio-visual experience about the manipulation of truth in the Syria conflict inviting you to inspect how social and information networks have affected your perception of the world we live in, and your place in it.

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