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Published: 17 October 2020

By Andy Ross

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Refugees at the Imperial War Museum

Refugees: Forced to Flee at the Imperial War Museum looks at the last one hundred years of refugee experience, people leaving their homes because of conflict.

The exhibition is located in different spaces, created to look like domestic rooms and corridors, with each area showing a different experience of war. It is not an easy exhibition to see; it shows the hardships and travails that many thousands of people face each year as they seek better lives in unfamiliar places. 

One of those people is Shorsh Saleh, a Kurdish artist, weaver and carpet designer. Shorsh has made images that explore his experience of conflict and the roots of the war that has been fought over his homeland and people. He has also designed carpets that show the same conflict. These are handwoven in Iraq by Kurdish women. Thought-provoking pieces in a thought-provoking exhibition.

Refugees is on show in London until 31st May 2021. Another part to the show is at Imperial War Museum North and online.