This week Syria finds itself at the top of the news agenda, with another wave of tragedy sparking further domestic and international dispute. Newspaper headlines, presidential tweets and a myriad of facts and fictions have reverberated throughout the media.
If Vietnam was the first conflict on television, Syria is the first on YouTube. The number of minutes uploaded exceeds the number of real-time minutes which have passed since the conflict began on Tuesday 15 March 2011. Every day, this number rises as the vicious conflict creeps onward, but does the quantity of material available mean we understand what is happening on the ground any better?
Following a successful run at IWM London, award-winning creative collective Anagram invite visitors at IWM North to make sense of what we hear from Syria. Taking evidence from specific events during the battle of Aleppo in late 2016, this experience asks: is confusion a weapon being used to stop the international community from acting; who controls the fog of war?
From exposing algorithms of media moguls to grappling with our cloudy internal prejudice, I Swear to Tell the Truth is a thought-provoking experience inviting you to question how social and information networks have affected your perception of the world we live in, and your place in it.
Test your knowledge
The Syria conflict is very much a ‘war of narratives’. All sides compete to tell their version of what is happening. News is everywhere. But how much do you really know? Test your knowledge of Syria and the conflict that has engulfed it.
Saturday 5th May sees the return of Conflict Cafe: Conversations about Syria. A range of people now living in the North West and beyond, some of whom have fled Syria and others who have worked there, will share their stories of life in the country before and during the conflict in our pop-up Conflict Café.