The unsung plight and deeply rooted issues associated with Yemen’s humanitarian crisis form the backbone of IWM North’s new exhibition Yemen: Inside A Crisis, the first UK collection of work to directly address this on-going conflict. To fully illustrate the extent of the country’s problems, IWM North have gathered a host of real-life stories and artefacts from those directly impacted by its chaos, including charity food vouchers, yellowing school books and a collection of harrowing imagery from a selection of Yemeni photographers. Despite touching around 80% of the country’s men, women and children, this issue still remains largely unreported – regardless of the UN labelling it one of the ‘world’s worst’ humanitarian problems. Through Yemen: Inside a Crisis, IWM North aim to explore how fighting has sent the country into an economic downfall and the far-reaching implications that has on a nation. It’ll look at how food, water and healthcare have become a rarity and the physical and psychological effect living alongside crisis has on the country’s children. What’s more, the exhibition also aims to explore Britain’s own complex relationship with Yemen and the role it can play in its fragile future.
Yemen: Inside A Crisis, IWM North, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ, 17 May 2019 – 26 January 2020, FREE, www.artfund.org
- Simon Bland
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- Wed 29 May 2019