20th May, 2019
Described by the UN as the “world’s worst” humanitarian crisis, the on-going conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 80% of the country’s men, women and children in desperate need of assistance.
Yemen: Inside a Crisis is the UK’s first exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going conflict and humanitarian crisis.
Showcasing around 50 objects and photographs, many of which have been exclusively sourced from Yemen, alongside personal stories, the exhibition gives insight into the realities faced by Yemenis every day, as well as their incredible resilience.
The exhibition explores the causes of the conflict in Yemen and how fighting has tipped the fragile nation into an economic tailspin. It also examines Britain’s complex relationship with Yemen – from its control of the city of Aden in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to the paradoxical role it currently holds.
Yemen: Inside a Crisis also takes to the streets in the city of Manchester, providing the opportunity to engage with Yemen: Say hello to connect – a travelling interactive digital artwork and activity hub created by FutureEverything, commissioned by IWM. The artwork uses interactive touch and voice-activated technology to highlight issues addressed in the exhibition. The programme also includes a commission of new work from spoken word artist Amerah Saleh, whose original creative response to the humanitarian crisis will inform a series of workshops for Yemeni youth in the greater Manchester community and the northwest.
The exhibition is free to all. It will run at IWM North until 26 January 2020.