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Reimagining Aleppo though Peace and Pain: A City in Syria’s War
April 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Please join the Wichita State University campus in the opening of the upcoming photo exhibit “Reimagining Aleppo through Peace and Pain: A City in Syria’s War” which takes place in the second floor of Neff Hall on Monday, April 29, 2019, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Organized by Rachelle Meinecke, director of the Lowell Holmes Museum of Anthropology, and Dr. Jens Kreinath, associate professor at the Department of Anthropology at Wichita State University, this exhibit was made possible through the generous funding of the David and Sally Jackman Foundation at Wichita State University. The project was finalized with the dedicated work of undergraduate student assistants Bailey Fimreite and Jeff Leddy.
The exhibit features “A Time of Peace” with photographs taken by Dr. Jens Kreinath during a day trip to Aleppo on May 29, 2010. This selection of pictures conveys a tranquil atmosphere and is contrasted directly with photographs by the world-renowned war photojournalist Narciso Contreras. The collection of photos by Contreras—named “A Journey of Pain” and taken in the fall of 2012—are from the very frontline of the battlefield and capture unfiltered moments of utter despair as experienced by the inhabitants of the once-glorious city that is now drawn into the fray of Syria’s merciless war.
A further small exhibit “Remembrance—From Antakya to Aleppo” displays only nine photographs that capture cheerful moments during Dr. Kreinath’s two brief encounters with Boulos Yazigi, the Metropolitan Bishop of Aleppo at the celebrations of the city-wide festival on the Day of St. Peter and Paul in Antakya (formerly known as Antioch) in 2010 and 2012. Yazigi and his companion, Bishop John Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church, were abducted on their return trip from Antakya on April 22, 2013. With their location being unknown, the Greek Orthodox community in Antakya continues to commemorate its cherished leader and still mourns his ineffable loss.
The discussion following the opening at 5:00 pm in 117 Neff Hall is intended to elaborate on the idea behind this exhibit. This discussion will include some further background for hosting the exhibit within the context of ongoing research. Please note that some images might be quite disturbing, but they have been purposely chosen to disclose the poignant reality of the situation in Aleppo, Syria.
Looking forward to welcoming you for the occasion of the opening! As we host this exhibit during the next five years, we will organize various events all thematically related to research on the cultural heritage of Aleppo and the interreligious relations in the surrounding areas of the Northern Levant–including Turkey, Iraq, and Lebanon. If you are interested to receive notifications about upcoming events or research projects, please contact me at Jens.Kreinath@wichita.edu.