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Over My Eyes: Stories from Iraq

October 17, 2017 - February 16, 2018

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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating indefinitely

Nayef Nawaf, 11, swims at the Iraqi Safe House for Creativity, an orphanage in Baghdad, Iraq on Aug. 3, 2015. Nawaf's father and mother were killed in an ISIS invasion of his hometown of Fallujah. His other relatives joined ISIS, but Nawaf escaped and lived homeless until moving into the orphanage in 2015.

with Ali Arkady
September 8, 2017 – January 8, 2018
DOX, Centre for Contemporary Art
Prague, Czech Republic

“In an increasingly globalized world there is much that still remains invisible to others. Via the Internet we have more data available than ever before, but we do not always know all that much more beyond what is happening right around us. “Over My Eyes” allows us, in significant ways, to begin to correct that.”

(From the Foreword to the book of OVER MY EYES by Fred Ritchin)

What is the typical imagery we see related to Iraq? War, violence, militias, humanitarian crises, refugee camps – these are the public media images through which we “know” the country currently trapped in a conflict whose consequences have by now reached far beyond its borders.

The OVER MY EYES exhibition offers an unfamiliar perspective of Iraq.

Through the eyes of a young generation of local photographers, including VII Mentor Program photographer Ali Arkady, the project presents less frequently captured fragments of reality that constitute daily life in the country: from the vastness of the northern mountainous borders, to a range of different situations across the country with the fading flashback of its recent history and the consequences of the ongoing conflict.

With unprecedented access and knowledge of the local environment the photographers bring us closer to their land, its people, their stories and to a life that goes on in spite of the war.

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October 17, 2017
February 16, 2018
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