Around 2600 BC in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) the first known water war took place. Today, many factors fuel fears of a ‘new water war’ on this very same place. With a series of photographs taken on the archaeological site of Girsu, Émeric Lhuisset questions the future of the land between the Tigris and Euphrates. Last Water War – Ruins of a Future is now on show at Institut du monde Arabe in Paris.

About Institut du monde Arabe
The Institut du monde Arabe was designed to create some strong and durable cultural ties while cultivating constructive dialogue between the Arab World, France, and Europe. This cross-discipline space is the ideal place for the development of cultural projects, in collaboration with institutions, creators and thinkers from the Arab world.

The Arab World Institute is fully anchored in the present. It aims to reflect the Arab world’s current dynamics.  It intends to make a distinctive contribution to the institutional cultural landscape. No other organization in the world offers such a wide range of events in connection with the Arab world. Debates, colloquia, seminars, conferences, dance shows, concerts, films, books, meetings, language and culture courses, large exhibitions all participate in raising awareness of this unique and vibrant world.


29 Sep 2016 - 4 Dec 2016

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

On Saturday 12 November at 15h, Émeric Lhuisset will do a guided tour of his exhibition The Last Water War – Ruins of a Future at IMA. To register, please send an email to

Opening of 'Last Water War', Institut du monde arabe, Paris
Opening of 'Last Water War', Institut du monde arabe, Paris

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