Culture in Conflict
You know it’s been too long between posts when you cannot recall the password.
Amends: between October 29 and January 6, the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden – Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde – will be holding an exhibition on the impact of protracted conflict on culture.
Located in the gardens that surround the Rijksmuseum, the images depict the damage done to buildings, archives and monuments in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina, among others.
Organised by The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, further details on the exhibition can be found here, while the online version of the exhibition can be found here.
Although it is hard to pick from the number of profound images, here’s a few and the contexts that frame them:
‘The Great Mosque of Aleppo, also known as the Umayyad Mosque, is part of the ancient city of Aleppo and a World Heritage Site. Since 2011 the mosque has been greatly damaged by the heavy fighting.’ [Photo: UNESCO]
‘The people of Afghanistan have faced conflict and military occupation for much of the past 50 years. Photo showing the Shahzadeh palace, south of Kabul, ruined by war.’ [Photo: Majid Saeedi]
‘The assistant director at the National Library in Sarajevo surveys the remains of the century-old building where two million books were destroyed. These destructions gave impetus to the establishment of the Memory of the World Program of UNESCO.’ [Photo: AP Photo/Stravato]