1 August 2020 to 26 September 2021
IWM London & IWM North
'These three exhibitions don’t pull their punches, and nor should they, when the global refugee crisis is likely to define this time in history.'
'If this year has made you reassess what you realise you can’t do without (or actually can do without), the new ‘Refugees’ season at the Imperial War Museum will resonate on all kinds of levels, from the domestic to the global.'
Taking place at IWM London and IWM North, Refugees explores refugee experiences throughout history and ongoing issues faced by those affected through two major exhibitions, a series of events and a new site-specific art commission at IWM London from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.
Collectively, 17.5 million people have fled Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen alone, due to recent conflict. This, however, is not a new phenomenon and throughout history war has drastically altered the limits of what many call home. Through two major exhibitions, a new artistic commission and a series of immersive events, IWM’s Refugees season will unlock the personal stories of people forced to flee their homes and those who work to support them. With programming across IWM London and IWM North, Refugees will give visitors the space to consider their own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.