Emilien Urbano
War of a Forgotten Nation
Ongoing Photo Series
Emilien Urbano

In seized territory all over Iraq and Syria, as is the case with Sinjar in the Iraqi Ninivah province, ISIS have captured, enslaved and committed mass murders against minorities like Yazidis, Kurds, or Shia Muslims.

Following the offensive of the jihadist Islamic State organisation and the siege of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, on the 10th of June 2014, as well as self-proclaimed Caliph, Abu Baker Al Baghdadi’s declaration of the Caliphate, which spreads across Syria and Iraq and is ruled by a rigorous and extremist vision of the Islamic law, Kurdish fighters from Iraq, Syria and Turkey have risen against them.

Nestled between Empires and surrounded by conquerors, Kurdish people inhabiting the Kurdistan regions in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, as well as Iran, have been envisioning the creation of an Independent State for a hundred years.

The pictures of this on-going documentary project by Emilien Urbano have been taken in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

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    Mar 7 – Oct 14, 2024
    Fondazione Prada
    Milan, Italy

    Curated by Mia Locks, Miranda July: New Society is the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to Miranda July’s work. Spanning three decades, from the early 1990’s until today, the exhibition includes early short films, performance, and multimedia installations. The exhibition debuts F.A.M.I.L.Y (Falling Apart Meanwhile I Love You), a multi-channel video installation July made in collaboration with seven strangers via Instagram. (more…)

  • Adrián Balseca: Routing Rubber
    Jan 19 – Mar 30, 2024
    Canal Projects
    New York, USA

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