Social affairs: New exhibition to open on War-Torn Children


Image: A child refugee being carried to safety in Greece

War-Torn Children‘ – launching on March 1, is a new exhibition at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast in partnership with Conflict Textiles and INNATE. The panic, fear and terrifying repercussions of war on children are expressed through a collection of intricately stitched arpilleras (three dimensional textiles) and other items such as photographs, posters, newspaper articles, books, letters and items of clothing.

The exhibition brings together a number of complementary events including a display of UK photographs of refugees never previously exhibited together entitled After the Waves, lent by Spanish social cohesion organization Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc (Catalonia). Also scheduled is the Belfast launch of a new book, Ireland’s Guantanamo Granny (2015), by peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy in conversation with Phil Scraton, Professor Emeritus at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast.

War-Torn Children is curated by Roberta Bacic, a lecturer, researcher and human rights advocate. She says: “The pain and horror suffered by children trapped by wars – not waged by them – empowers us to bear witness and explore through textile language, as well as via photos, posters and other memorabilia, what we can still do. We want to highlight not only the horrors but also the resilience amidst conflict.”

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