Friday 14 June 2019

Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist whose Yemeni roots shape much of her work, including this poem, My Yemen is Beautiful.

Commissioned as part of IWM North's Yemen: Inside a Crisis  season, it draws on Amerah’s Yemen – from her memories of time spent in the country and from the lives of her family members who still live there. 

See her perform My Yemen is Beautiful in this video filmed at IWM North. 

About the poem

About the poem

Drawing on conversations with her mother and family members who still live in Yemen, Amerah uses poetry to paint a picture of a country that is still beautiful to her, even in the midst of war.

'Spoken word poetry gives a traumatic experience humanity,' says Amerah. 'People can look beyond the fact that there’s a massive war going on, but actually see the person.'

 

Her work also featured in Yemen: Say hello to connect, an interactive artwork which is taking the issues featured in the exhibition to the streets of Manchester. Visitors hear Amerah's voice and stories about experiences of her family. 

Yemen: Inside a Crisis is the UK’s first exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going conflict and humanitarian crisis. It features around 50 objects and photographs, many of which have been exclusively sourced from Yemen for this exhibition.

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A child stands on the rubble of their house, which was hit by an artillery shell targeting the residential neighborhood of Al-Nisariya in the city of Taiz, with the rest of his toys
© Ahmed Basha, 2016
Season
Yemen: Inside a Crisis

IWM North

Until 26 January 2020

Group portrait photograph of young people performing a spoken word piece after participating in workshops with spoken word poet Amerah Saleh
Contemporary conflict
Yemen: Our Yemen
Hear how young people from Manchester and Liverpool created a new spoken word poem reflecting on Yemen and the concept of home with support from artist Amerah Saleh. 
A person interacts with Yemen:Say hello to connect
©IWM
IWM North
Yemen: Say hello to connect
June - October: Connect with the real issues people are facing in Yemen right now.
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Contemporary conflict
Yemen: Price of War
Though the shop shelves are full, almost ten million people in Yemen are suffering from extreme hunger. Conflict has tipped the nation into an economic tailspin, destroyed livelihoods and driven food prices up beyond the reach of ordinary Yemenis.