Syria’s War: A Journal of Pain

Photo by: Narciso Contreras

On 29 November, at 2 pm, the exhibition “Syria’s War: A Journal of Pain” by 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Narciso Contreras opens at the Gallery 11/07/95 in Sarajevo.

In a series of photographs captured in Syria on the territories controlled by the rebel groups, Narciso Contreras provides us with insights into everyday occurrences of Syrian civil war. The scenes of suffering, pain and destruction from the midst of battles between Assad’s army and the rebel groups bear witness to one of the worst Middle Eastern conflicts. Over the past three years, almost 200,000 people have lost their lives in conflicts between forces loyal to President Bashar al – Assad and those opposed to his rule. More than seven million people were forced to leave their homes due the destruction of entire neighbourhoods.

The “Syria’s War: A journal of Pain” exhibition documents and deals with the Syrian war, but also tries to expose the myth of war by focusing on how war inflicts and destroys the lives of ordinary people.

Besides the author himself, the exhibition opening will be joined by Mr. Zlatko Dizdarević, journalist and former editor-in-chief of the Oslobođenje magazine and long-time correspondent for the Middle East, and Mr. Paul Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts in London and an award-winning photographer.

Narciso Contreras is an award winning photographer born in Mexico, who has been professionally involved in photography during the last four years. He is a winner of many international recognitions and his work has been published in the world-renowned magazines such as TIME, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal etc. Contreras also covered the conflict in Kashmir region, the ethnic war in Myanmar and revolts on the Taksim Square in Istanbul.

Galerija 11/07/95 is the first Memorial gallery in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an exhibition space aiming to preserve the memory of Srebrenica tragedy and the 8372 persons who tragically lost their lives during the genocide.
“Syria’s War: A Journal of Pain” is the first international exhibition in the Gallery 11/07/95 and it marks the beginning of the new gallery program featuring exhibitions that depict conflicts from various parts of the world.

Photo by Narciso Contreras