Salford’s Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) presents a number of exhibitions and events reflecting on the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Entitled Syria: A Conflict Explored, the season comes to Manchester from the Imperial War Museum London, with two exhibitions running concurrently. First is Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria (work pictured), featuring a series of prints by Pulitzer Prize-winning Russian photojournalist Ponomarev, then there’s Syria: Story of a Conflict, an intimate collection of materials brought together by IWM and Christopher Phillips, Reader in International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary University in London. The display aims to delve into the origins, escalations and impact of the Syrian conflict, which grew out of the Arab Spring protests of 2011 and has not let up since.

Running through to the end of May, Syria: A Conflict Explored also features a number of associated events, including an artist residency culminating in a thought-provoking audience-interactive experience, I Swear to Tell the Truth (see YouTube link below). From Thursday 15 March until Sunday 27 May 
(£6/£4 concessions), creative collective Anagram will be exploring information and misinformation relating to the war, particularly in the context of the digital age. Meanwhile, Conflict Café: Conversations about Syria will take place on Sat 17 Feb and Sat 5 May, giving visitors the chance to hear firsthand the stories of life before and during the conflict from those who have fled the country or worked there. For more exhibitions and events around Manchester, click here.

Fri 16 Feb – Mon 28 May, IWM North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ, Tel: 0161 836 4000, 10am-5pm, free,

Fri 16 Feb - Mon 28 May
Sarah-Clare Conlon
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Sat 19 May 2018