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This exhibition was gathered by photographer Susan Meiselas and revealed the story of the Kurdish people and their struggle for independence and survival over the past century.

The exhibition created a living archive from scattered fragments—pulling together never-before exhibited photographs from private collectors, family collections, and national archives. Juxtaposing these images with text from diaries, newspaper stories, memoirs, and telegrams, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History let history speak for itself through the words of freedom fighters and farmers, missionaries and spies, diplomats and princes.

In bringing together these dispersed pieces, Susan Meiselas gave form to a collective memory, while showing how history itself is created from differing perspectives.


ICP, New York City, NY
September 2008 (excerpt)

Zilkha Gallery,
Wesleyan University
Fall 2008 (excerpt)

Gwangju Biennial, South Korea

Hotel de Ville, Paris, France Summer 2004

Festival "L'imaginaire national," Cherbourg, France
Nov 8, 2002–Jan 5, 2003

Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
June 22–July 23, 2000

Bellevue Art Museum,
Bellevue, Washington, US
May 5–June 12, 2000

Hellenic American Union,
Athens, Greece
June 4–July 16, 1999

Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dec 1998–Feb 1999

Impressions Gallery,
York, England
January–April 1997

The Menil Collection,
Houston, Texas, US
Feb–Mar 1996