The Imperial War Museum in London will be presenting an exhibition of work by photographer Nick Danziger that concentrates on telling the story of 11 women caught up in conflicts across the world in the first decade of the 21st century. 

This display of work is filled with a combination of photographs and films such as the one above, all capturing women’s stories of conflict no matter where they are.

Back in 2001, the British photographer and filmmaker Nick Danziger photographed eleven women for an International Committee of the Red Cross study to document the needs of women in the face of war.

He then went back a decade later to find each individual that he captured on film and to discover what had happened to them. This display of work shows their personal struggle and the lasting impact that war has had on their lives.

Eleven Women Facing War will feature 33 photographs and 11 short films (each running at approximately three minutes each) that were taken in eight conflict zones from around the world. These include: Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, Hebron (West Bank), Sierra Leone, Columbia and Afghanistan.

Talking about this series of work, Danziger said: “‘We often talk about the victims of war. I hope these images and stories are a tribute to these women’s indomitable spirit, endurance and bravery.”

One example of the types of stories featured in the exhibition includes that of Mah Bibi, a ten-year-old orphan, who was destitute and begging for food for herself and her two younger brothers, when photographed in Afghanistan in 2001. Ten years later, she had vanished without trace and is believed to have died in 2006.

Hilary Roberts, Research curator of Photography at the Imperial War Museum commented: “Eleven Women facing War is a moving reflection on women’s experience of war and its legacy.”

Nick Danziger is a British award-winning photographer, author and documentary maker, whose work concentrates on the disadvantaged. His work has been exhibited internationally and much of it is held in in numerous museum collections such as the National Portrait Gallery, London, the National Media Museum in Bradford and the British Council.

Eleven Women Facing War will be on display at the Imperial War Museum, London from the 4th February to the 24th April. Admission to the exhibition is free. 


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