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Iraq: An Open Wound
Giles Duley for EMERGENCY

24 OCT - 12 NOV 2017

Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 8.30 pm
Palazzo della Triennale
In 2017, British photographer Giles Duley visited the EMERGENCY hospital in Erbil to show the world what had happened in Mosul.

Iraq: An Open Wound shows war up close, seen by the photographer through the eyes of those who experience it.

Over two years of ISIS occupation and the Iraqi armed forces’ counteroffensive operation have subjected Mosul to unimaginable violence. Over 40,000 dead, more than 1 million displaced since October 2016. The fight for Mosul is considered the largest urban battle since the Second World War. As always, civilians have paid the highest price.

What value can photography have in the face of such horror?
There is no point in taking a photograph, if I do not do all I can to make sure the whole world sees it.That is where my duty lies.
Giles Duley

The intensity of these pictures, suspended between art and history, tells a story that invites reflection on photography as a form of civic engagement.
Giles does not point his camera towards moments of hope, nor does he merely attempt to offer us a glimpse of war: he wants to document it, aware of how necessary it is to see things in order to understand them.

On 15 January 2017, as the fighting began in Mosul, EMERGENCY, in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Department of Health, restarted operations at the Surgical Centre in Erbil, 80km from Mosul, to guarantee medical and surgical care to victims of the conflict. On 31 August 2017, two months after the offensive in Mosul ended, EMERGENCY officially handed over the management of the hospital back to the local Department of Health. In 7 months, EMERGENCY treated over 1,400 victims of war.
In Iraq, EMERGENCY continues to offer care to Syrians refugees and Iraqi IDPs in camps in the Arbat and Kalar areas. In addition, EMERGENCY has managed a Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Sulaymaniyah since 1998. The centre was opened in response to the high number of amputees in the area, all victims of landmines.

EMERGENCY is an independent and neutral international organisation founded in 1994 to offer high-quality medical and surgical care to the victims of war, poverty and landmines.
EMERGENCY has treated over 8 million people since its foundation.

Giles Duley was born in 1971 in London. After 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries in both the US and Europe, he decided to abandon photography and left London to begin work as a full-time career. In 2000, he returned to photography, personally funding trips to document the work of NGOs and the stories of those affected by conflict across the world. Duley visited EMERGENCY’s Salam Centre in Sudan in 2010 and he has been involved with the organisation ever since.


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