Mosul – story of hope – Photo Exhibition

Mosul, a vibrant city of diversity and the largest home of the Christian community in Iraq, was once a thriving city that has been gradually destroyed since 2003 until the latest war that swiped out the city. Can the damage be repaired? Are there still ways in which the ethnical communities that had lived peacefully with each other for centuries to coexist? The cultural loss that Mosul was exposed to and how people are trying to save what is left, are at the centre of this unique exhibition.

The exhibition includes photographs, short films, and stories from Mosul, Iraq. The artworks combine both the concept of war and displacement in relation to the hope of rehabilitating the city. Mosul, at its current state, is an explicit example of the period that a demolished city can experience before it is being resurrected. The exhibition shows the massive destruction of the neighborhoods, and it refers to the role of locals and organizations in reconstructing what war has destroyed.

The artworks give us a better understanding of migration from this city and its surroundings, and enables us to understand what kind of threats have remained after the Islamic State (ISIS) occupation. Moreover, the exhibition gives us a broad image of the scale of risks that still inflict on a group of people that have been deported back to Mosul. We can ask ourselves, is the number of asylum seekers who arrived from Mosul to Finland considered a substantial number in comparison to what has happened to the second largest city in Iraq?

The Artists: Omar Salahuddin, Muslim Fakhri, Moyasser Nasseer & Saad Haadi Rifai.


Mon–Tue, Thu–Fri 10–16
Wed 10–18

Exhibition opening Wednesday May 23, 5 pm– 7 pm.

Opening program:

Tuomas Martikainen: Opening words
Ahmed Zaidan: Mosul and the Story of Hope
Ahmed: Story of a refugee who arrived to Finland in 2015
Ameen Muqdad: Iraqi violinist’s performance and experiences (Skype)
Umar Abdul-Nasser: Short film A Prisioner from Mosul (Skype)
Ahmed Zaidan: Poems of Aurora from Mosul

For more information and group visits contact Ahmed Zaidan (ahmad.ahmad(a)

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