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New Imperial War Museum collaboration will explore experiences of refugees


New Imperial War Museum collaboration will explore experiences of refugees

Imperial War Museums (IWM) has today announced its 2020 programme, including the Refugees season which will invite visitors to explore refugee experiences throughout history and the ongoing issues faced by those affected.

Through new collaborations, including a partnership with UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), networks and first-hand accounts from people on the front line, the season will explore the complexities of the ongoing crisis.

The season will include a major exhibition, Refugees: Forced to Flee, at IWM London from 2 April – 29 November 2020. Created in partnership with AHRC and ESRC, Refugees: Forced to Flee will explore how and why conflict has forced people to leave their homes and seek to build new lives elsewhere.

Photo: ICRC/Hussein Baydou

Objects, film and photography from IWM’s rich historical collections will be presented alongside contemporary material, cutting-edge research and newly commissioned artworks to reveal the personal stories of refugees and displaced people, from the First World War to the present day.

Alongside this major exhibition, History of Bombs by internationally renowned artist, Ai Weiwei, will also be on display at IWM London from 2 April – 29 November. Exploring international migration, conflict as a root cause of human flow, and the relationship between the individual, society and the state, History of Bombs is a new, site-specific artwork. The work draws on the artist’s ongoing investigation into politics and power and Weiwei’s takeover of IWM London’s iconic Atrium will be the first time in its history that the space will be given over in its entirety to an artist.

More information about the Refugees season and the collaboration with Imperial War Museums can be found at iwm.org.uk


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