PHOTOGRAPHS BY NUMBERS, 22-28 MARCH 2013
Organisation: The Arab British Centre
Time: 22 March 2013 11:00am - 28 March 2013 5:00pm
Place: The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE
The Arab British Centre Presents
PHOTOGRAPHS BY NUMBERS
An exhibition of infographics on Iraq by Mona Chalabi
22 - 28 March 2013 | 11:00 - 17:00
Discussion: Monday 25 March 2013 | 19:00-20:00 (doors open 18:30)
These images explore a story of progress in Iraq that has no easy beginning, middle or end. Each piece depicts a development statistic from a trusted source which is conveyed using a photo of the people that make up the numbers.
The 12 pieces use photography taken from trips to Iraq in 2012 and 2013 to interview Iraqis about their hopes for post-conflict stabilisation. Whether in Erbil, Najaf or Baghdad, the collective narrative Iraqis recounted was a complicated one. The past ten years have been marked by progression, recession and stagnation - development has been anything but linear.
On Monday 25 March at 19:00 we will hold a discussion in which Mona Chalabi will be joined by Dr Toby Dodge, Maysa Ibrahim and Myrna Atalla to discuss the issues raised in the exhibition. The event is free and there is no need to book - just come along!
All profits raised from sales of the work will go directly to Alfanar, a charity which provides communities in the Arab world with the technical and financial start they need to make a sustainable positive change themselves.
About the Artist
Mona Chalabi works at the crossroads of conﬂict and development, focusing in particular on human rights risk assessments. Prior to becoming a risk consultant, Mona worked as a monitoring and evaluation consultant at the International Organisation for Migration’s Iraq ofﬁce and as a corruption researcher at Transparency International. She is currently a contributor to the Guardian’s Databog, Economics Editor of New Middle East Studies and Adviser at Alfanar.
About the Discussion Speakers
Dr Toby Dodge is an academic at the London School of Economics and has been researching and publishing on Iraqi politics and history for the last twenty years. He is author of the recently-published book Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism (2013).
Maysa Ibrahim is the founder of The Young Mesopotamians, a charity which helps young Iraqi artists fulfil their potential.
Myrna Atalla is Managing Director of Alfanar, a charity which improves lives in disadvantaged communities throughout the Arab region by fostering the growth of self-reliant organisations.
22 - 28 March 2013 | 11:00 - 17:00 (closed Sat & Sun)
Monday 25 March 2013 | 19:00-20:00 (doors open at 18:30)
Free Admission and no booking required.
The Arab British Centre
1 Gough Square
Photographs by Numbers is part of Reel Iraq 2013 marking 10 years since the US and UK led military invasion, against which the world mobilised in solidarity with the people of Iraq. Reel Iraq will explore the contribution of art, culture and creativity to Iraqi life in a time of conflict, with over 50 events taking place in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Dumfries, Leeds, Derry/Londonderry, Newcastle and Stirling.