CONFLICT – RESISTANCE – DISPLACEMENT honours the lives of all civilians lost in the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq.
The images featuring in this exhibition present some of the lesser-known stories of the war in the predominantly Kurdish part of Syria, Iraq and Turkey – as well as the refugee crisis resulting from it.
The exhibition largely presents photographs taken from war-torn Kobane (Northern Syria/Rojava in Kurdish) during the five-month siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and after its liberation in January 2015. The battle for the liberation of Kobane, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) with the support of U.S. military airstrikes, is considered a turning point in the fight against ISIS.
The exhibition also documents part of the journey taken by the refugees fleeing the war in the Middle East.
The funds raised through this exhibition will go towards rebuilding the city of Kobane, which was 80% destroyed by the war, and to help the refugees from the region. Re-Build is a registered charity founded to help reconstruct the homes of those displaced by war with the objective of helping them return home.
Frédéric Lafargue is an award-winning photojournalist specialised in the Middle East; covering major news stories and conflicts in Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. His images have been published in Newsweek, Time, Life, Paris Match, Le Monde, Libération the New York Times, GEO, Der Spiegel, Stern, the Guardian, Il Corriere de la Sera, El Mundo, El Pais, among many other newspapers and magazines around the world. Frederic’s work has been exhibited, nominated, and awarded by American NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Days Japan, PDN Photo Annual, Bayeux War Correspondent awards, and Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan.
Maryam Ashrafi is based in Paris and has been covering Kurdish issues in Northern Iraq, Syria and Europe for the past three years. Her main focus is on Kurdish women both on the frontline and in their daily lives living in conflict areas, highlighting the emancipation of women. As part of this focus she travelled to Kobane few weeks after its liberation in 2015, where she reported on the lives of the fighters behind the frontline as well as the displaced people who were returning to the area. A subject she continued her work on in 2016.
Antonio Zazueta Olmos is a photojournalist who has worked covering issues concerning human rights, the environment and conflict. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa for newspapers and magazines around the world as well as leading NGOs. Antonio has been the recipient of the first place award in the World Press for the people in the News category in 2001 for his work in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
Antonio wishes to bring attention to the refugee crisis resulting from the war in the Middle East. These images were captured in Greece, Serbia, Hungary and Macedonia during September 2015.
Kosha Hussain is a British-Kurd independent curator and exhibition maker based in London. Past shows such as Backdoored.io have garnered publicity from the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 News, CNN and Wired. He has worked at Saatchi Gallery, ArtsLav, Southbank Centre, TestBed1, TRIAD and Mosaic Rooms. A recent exhibition, Toys (Are Us) at the Crypt Gallery, featured over 20 international artists with more than 60 works of art and attracted over 500 visitors in the three days it was open.
The Guardian is one of the leading British national newspapers. It champions editorial independence as well as delivering its mission to safeguard journalistic freedoms and liberal values, free from commercial or political interference.
The project consists of a main photojournalism exhibition accompanied by a variety of professional talks, screenings and artist Q&As:
- CONFLICT – RESISTANCE – DISPLACEMENT – A photography exhibition featuring the works of three leading photojournalists, telling the story of those in warzones and those displaced by it in the Middle East.
- THE PRACTICE OF PHOTOJOURNALISM – a workshop at The Guardian’s Education Centre, in conjunction with the London College of Communication’s Journalism degree.
- BROUGHT TO LIGHT: THE EXPERIENCES OF A PHOTOJOURNALIST – a lecture by prominent photojournalists about their viewpoints on how the media can help tackle the refugee crises.
- DOCUMENTARY SCREENING – Documentary telling a story about the war from Syria or Iraq (documentary TBC).