Tropenmuseum, exhibition, Aleppo
4 March 2018

Aleppo

How do you convey through images the cultural-historical importance of one of the oldest cities in the world? 

A city that has been in the news almost continuously for many months now because of the war raging there. 

This focus inevitably leads to a skewed and incomplete picture: the city is reduced to a hotbed of violence and its former inhabitants are reduced to a word: ‘refugees’. In spite of such limitations, the Tropenmuseum wants to show its visitors a different view of this remarkable city.

In spite of such limitations, the Tropenmuseum wants to show its visitors a different view of this remarkable city. A scale model of Aleppo, an artefact from the museum’s own collection, is at the heart of this exhibition. Photographs from renowned photographers such as Stanley Greene and Eddy van Wessel, picture postcards, and film clips give an impression of the city both before and during the war.

Het Tropenmuseum deed een oproep aan oud-inwoners van Aleppo om op te treden als gastheer of gastvrouw in de tentoonstelling Aleppo. Jong, oud, man vrouw, christen, moslim, Armeens, Koerdisch, homoseksueel, vader, zo divers als stad is het team dat je mee neemt door de tentoonstelling. Zij delen hun herinneringen aan en persoonlijke verhalen over de stad.

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