photography exhibition

 Return to Kurdistan

by Richard Wilding and Anthony Kersting

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Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies - University of Exeter

22nd May - 1st September 2017 from 9am to 5pm weekdays

Organised by Gulan and the University of Exeter

Return to Kurdistan shows Iraqi Kurdistan in contemporary photographs by Richard Wilding, alongside historical photographs taken in the 1940s by Anthony Kersting.

Richard Wilding’s photographs of Iraqi Kurdistan explore the region’s ancient civilisation, documenting its religious and ethnic diversity, history of persecution and renewal, and the current refugee crisis.

Wilding’s subjects include Erbil citadel, which claims to be the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, the Yezidi shrines at Lalish near Mosul and the canals built in 690 B.C by King Sennacherib to take water to his famed gardens in Nineveh.

He also documents the legacy of Saddam Hussein’s brutal suppression of the Kurds and the current refugee crisis in the region, which has seen two million displaced people seeking refuge in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Anthony Kersting (1916 – 2008) visited Northern Iraq and Kurdistan in 1944 and again in 1946. His photographs form an important record of minorities such as Assyrian Christians, Jews and Yezidis that inhabited the region. They also show historical sites in and around Mosul such as Nebi Yunus (Jonah’s tomb) that have recently been damaged or destroyed.

Entry to the exhibition is free. Opening times Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, except bank holidays.

The exhibition runs until 1 September 2017.

Find out more about Richard Wilding here.

Anthony Kersting's photographs have been made available by the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.  This exhibition has been organised by the University of Exeter and Gulan.

Gulan is a UK registered charity formed in 2008 to promote what is best in the culture of the Kurdish people.  Its objective is to help sustain the sense of Kurdish identity and to preserve the heritage of Kurdistan for the benefit of people from all backgrounds.