#DPF2015 Exhibition: Safe Haven


German photographer Sebastian Forkarth finds a spot of hope amidst the conflict torn regions of Iraq.

In the April of 1991, an international coalition including the British, French and American military forces started an operation in North Iraq. The military operation was an immediate reaction to the mass exodus of the Kurdish population. The persecuted Kurds who had fled northwards fearing attacks from the then Saddam Hussein government.

This area in Northern Iraq measuring 40,643 sq. kms is now protected by a regional government and the Kurdish Pesh Merger forces. The area now war free, boasts of relative safety as well as the availability of resources has attracted investors some of whom who are also foreign to the region.

As a result of this development numerous shopping malls, gated communities, hotels and theme parks have sprung up, and has also created employment opportunities for migrant labourers and workers from neighbouring countries.

In the heart of a war-torn zone, a ‘safe haven’ for Iraqi Kurds is coming into being, a destination of hope and confidence which might influence the entire region.

Born in 1985 in Herdecke, Germany, Sebastian Forkarth completed a course in Photography & Media from the University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld. He has had numerous exhibitions all over Europe and is the recipient of awards such as Best Portfolio Awards, 2014 at the Deichtorhallen Museum review, Hamburg, winner at the Bridges-Photo Awards, 2013 and the 2nd prize at Erstwerk, 2012.

Safe Haven is part of the exhibitions line-up of this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival opening on October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.

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