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Far from the Western Front Photo exhibition Council of Asian People
Mon 10 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Far From the Western Front explores some of the untold stories of the more than one million South Asian men who served during the First World War.
Using previously unseen images, digital media, and individuals’ experiences uncovered from the archives, Far From the Western Front presents the First World War through the eyes of South Asian solders and non-combatants. Their stories take us away from the Western Front to battlefields across the world; from Gallipoli to Mesopotamia; East Africa to the Suez Canal. They remind us that there was more to WW1 than the mud and trenches of Europe: instead, this exhibition astonishes visitors with the threat of lions on patrol, thirst in deserts of Sinai, and starvation at Kut, in one of the most significant military operations in the Middle East.
Far From the Western Front is created by volunteers from across London, including Indian, Pakistani and Nepali communities, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition examines how photography and historical bias have obscured the contribution of South Asians in the First World War, and seeks, through imagination, empathy and creativity, to fill in the gaps and tell their story.