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Exhibition Launch: Conflict, Resistance, Displacement
Fri, 27 Jan 2017, 18:30 – Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 20:00 GMT
Fundraising Photojournalism Exhibition
Exhibition Launch: Conflict Resistance Displacement
Stories of survival from the Middle East
Please note this is an invitation only event and if you are able to attend please Register here!
This exhibition, which will be open to the public from 17 Jan - 28th Feb 2017 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.
We are inviting politicians, journalists, NGOS and business people who are interested in helping those displaced from the war-torn Syria to the exhibition launch to be held on 27th January (7-8pm). At this launch the photojournalists will briefly introduce their work and representatives from different political parties and an international NGO will express their views on how we can better work together to help resolve the refugee crises.
The profiles of the photojournalists exhibiting their work can be found below.
The funds raised, through donations and photo sales, 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.
CONFLICT - RESISTANCE - DISPLACEMENT honours the lives of all civilians lost in the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
Conflict, Resistance, Displacement is an exhibition made by Re-Build and independent curator Kosha Hussain and The Guardian.
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.
Re-build aims to help victims of conflict and natural disasters, in order to help them overcome the poverty and hardship they face.