Last night Jo Griffin (our COO) and myself had the pleasure of being invited by our good friends at The Imperial War Museum to the launch of their new exhibition – Syria: A Conflict Explored.
During what was a fascinating evening we were treated to talks from both Dr. Christopher Philips (co-curator of the exhibition) and Sergey Ponomarev (Photographer whose pictures make up one part of the exhibition) who gave an absorbing insight into a conflict which has now gone on for longer than the second world war, and is still not fully understood by much of the public.
The exhibition features Sergey’s first UK exhibition featuring more than 60 colour photographs that covers 2 areas – “Assad’s Syria” what it was like living in government controlled Syria in 2013-14 and also “Exodus” which captures images of Syrian’s who have sought asylum in Europe in 2015-16.
The other part of the exhibition gives an objective introduction to the complex nature of the conflict and how it all began. It gives deep insight into the war using personal objects and a very effective short film. In what is a very interesting project for the museum the exhibition provides an impartial insight into an ongoing conflict, that has already taken over 500,000 lives and shows no sign of ending soon. (Main photograph © Sergey Ponomarev, courtesy the artist & the Imperial War Museum) you can read more about the Russian photographer and the Lens on Syria project here.
The #SyriaExplored Exhibition runs at IWM London, until 3 September 2017 and I would highly recommend that you take a look
Matt Wills, Commercial Director