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War through a Lens

Tuesday October 8th 2019 | 19:45 – 21:30 | Instituto Cervantes Utrecht |Domplein 3, 3512 Utrecht |

The war in Yemen is still raging. The humanitarian crisis and political chaos have brought the country into a famine. Not a single child is spared: numerous children are starving because of the severe inflation. This was especially made visible by photograph of the 12-
year-old Fatima Qoba, who weighed just 10kg when she was carried into a Yemeni malnutrition clinic. Visual culture is often used as a tool to highlight crises and tell forgotten stories. But how does visual culture help the children in Yemen? And what drives war photographers to risk their lives for a photo?

How can visual culture make a change in war? How does it have influence on the way we see and interpret wars? 

We will discuss this and more with Wilco Versteeg and Lars Boering. Wilco Versteeg is a writer, photographer, and researcher/teacher at Université Paris Diderot and Radboud University. Lars Boering is director of World Press Photo and expert on war photography.

This lecture is free of charge. Afterwards, there will be drinks at Café Hemingway!