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Powerful exhibition on war-torn Syrian family comes to Oldham

Hanan (R) and Rayan (L) photographed by their mother, Ruba, while playing with a dog in their neighbours garden. © al-Hindawi family.jpg

A compelling new exhibition, In Which Language Do We Dream?, opens at Gallery Oldham, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of one Syrian family uprooted by war. It explores their experiences living as displaced people in Lebanon and later resettling in East Yorkshire, UK, in 2017.

Through intimate photographs and film, the exhibition provides an emotional look at the journey of the al-Hindawi family, who fled their home in Homs, Syria, in 2012 due to the ongoing civil war.

“Our lives have been different in every place, in Syria, Lebanon, and now England and we want people to see this,” said Ruba al-Hindawi, the family’s matriarch whose pre-war job was working in a photo lab.

“Our photographs help to explain this, and I want our children to be able to see how our lives have changed because I don’t know if we will ever be able to go back home or not,” he added.

Co-created by photographer Rich Wiles and the al-Hindawi family over five years, the exhibition juxtaposes the family’s rescued old family photos with contemporary images capturing their journey and new life in the UK.

It offers an intimate look at the human impact of displacement and hopes of rebuilding lives.

There will be an opening event on February 10 at 2pm with photographer Rich Wiles discussing the exhibition.

In Which Language Do We Dream? runs from February 10 to May 11, 2024, and is suitable for all ages. It is a touring exhibition from the Impressions Gallery.

This moving exhibition showcasing incredible human resilience is one to look out for.


*Info: Gallery Oldham

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