Woman We Have Not Lost Yet tells the stories of those who lived through the crisis in Syria. On 26 April 2015, the radical Islamic opposition announced the ‘Great Attack’ on Aleppo. Young people from various ethnicities and religions, former participants of Art Camping, gathered in Le Pont gallery.
In this artistic and intellectual safe haven, created by photographer and organiser Issa Touma, they could find comfort in each other. The fighting lasted an entire week. Trapped and frightened, a group of women shared their hopes and fears. Dressed in their customary clothing – chosen by themselves and not by the authorities – they decided to hold a photography session, almost like a final message.
The portraits in Woman We Have Not Lost Yet are a moving and urgent cry for help. Extremism in Syria has many faces, which all have dark theories. While the women in these photographs are still alive, many others were killed before they had the opportunity to realise their dreams.
Women We Have Not Lost Yet and other stories from Aleppo brings together Touma’s visual work and some of the outcomes of Art Camping, a collaborative programme in the form of workshops for young people from various religious and ethnic backgrounds in Syria. The exhibtion takes visitors through different stages of the conflict through four different components.
- Women We Have Not Lost Yet, 15 prints with the portraits of 15 young women.
- 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo, the short award winning documentary by Issa Touma on the first nine days of the Syrian conflict, filmed from his apartment window
- Texture of the City, works on paper by Art Camping participants. They traced the cultural emblems of the
city’s historic centre. Most of the paper and charcoal reliefs produced during the project are the last records
of the selected sites, as more than 60% of the old city has been destroyed in the conflict.
- Mini Opera – A Postcard from Aleppo. During a one-day workshop Aleppean participants
were asked to write about personal or memorable moments in their city on the back ofa postcard. Their testimonies became the starting point for the mini opera, composed by Merlijn Twaalfhoven and writer Abdelkader Benali and Syrian musicians living in the Netherlands. It was premiered at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw on 27 June 2014.
Women We Have Not Lost Yet was shown for the first time at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam, 2015. The cultural foundation could not be a more fitting location: it was originally a hiding place for artists and writers during the occupation of the Netherlands in WW2. Alongside these portraits, the exhibition included screen several videos, like 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo, as well as material made by Art Camping participants, including ‘frottages’ of the city’s walls, many of which have since been destroyed. From Amsterdam, the exhibition travelled to Greece. For four weeks, Touma’s portraits were shown at the Benaki Museum, Athens as part of the Athens Photo Festival. From December 2016 until March 2017, Gävle Konstcentrum shows Women We Have Not Lost Yet. Touma was invited to come to Gävle for two years to continue his artistic work.
The book Women We Have Not Lost Yet, designed by Kummer & Herrman, includes 15 portraits and statements from the women who stayed in Le Pont gallery during the Great Attack. The publication was launched in Amsterdam during the opening of the exhibition on 12 September 2015 in Castrum Peregrini.Buy
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