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Aden: Then and Now

Exhibition by Dark Room Birmingham

8th February - 20th February 2020

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Aden Then & Now’ is an interactive exhibition which uses archival material since 1914 in what was then known as the ‘Aden Protectorate’ to better understand more contemporary developments of the current war in Yemen.

From the 1914 battles with the Ottomans and the 1965-1967 ‘riots’, to the rise of Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s; from the outbreak of the civil war in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings, to the more recent military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition, Yemen is a country torn by long years of conflict and unrest.

Drawing on print and audiovisual archival material and photographs from the early 1900s, on more recent contributions from Aden's inhabitants, and including photographic portraits of British Yemenis today by Dan Burwood, this exhibition is an opportunity to rethink the contemporary legacies of the ‘Great War’ in Yemen, and to explore the human, political and ethical costs of being involved in a war which has been going for over 100 years.

This exhibition is organised by researchers based at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, (Birmingham City University) as part of the Voices of War & Peace project (University of Birmingham) - with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Please join us for the exhibition launch event on February 8, 2020 at 4pm at The Old Print Works in Balsall Heath.

After the launch event the exhibition will be showing until 20th February.
Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 11-5pm.

Partners include:

The Yemeni Archive
Darkroom Birmingham
Wild Ilk Design Studio

For more details on the exhibition and launch event please email Dima Saber on

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