The Line Between Life and Death

JULY 9, 2018 - JULY 13, 2018

The Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts invites you to  a photo exhibit formally sponsored by the honorable U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. 

In this exhibit, three artists portray life during the conflict in Yemen. Alex Potter’s haunting images of infrastructural destruction in the city of Sana’a represents “Death” – the state of absence. Not only are human lives lost but also centuries-old historical edifices. Thana Faroq’s pictures are representative of those who seek “life” amidst the chaos of conflict. Her images display children and women attempting to turn a blind eye to their surroundings, celebrating one another in the midst of ruin. Finally, Abubakr Al-Shamahi’s photos were taken during an anxious journey to Tai’zz, a city which is often forgotten in war reporting. His images represent the liminal state of living in a place where mass casualties have mounted. Collectively, their images reflect the ambiguities and struggles of existence on “the line between life and death” in Yemen.

This exhibit documents civilian life during the armed conflict in Yemen while facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The photos reflect the trauma that Yemeni civilians have experienced in the past three years - and continue to bear every day.  

Sama'a al-hamdani
The Future of Yemen's heritage

Dec 22, 2015
Hosted at the headquarters of Oxfam America in Washington DC and in partnership with YCIHA’s Heritage Initiative Preservation (HIP) program, Dr Lamya Khalidi, a prominent archaeologist with vast experience in preservation in Yemen, most specifically in Tehama and Rada’, explored Yemeni heritage and archaeological sites protection measures at the time of war and the effect that the conflict had on those sites. Dr Khalidi is a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Sama'a al-hamdani
Flavors from Yemen

Dec 5, 2016

The YCIHA hosted a charity dinner to fight famine in Yemen at Compass Rose Restaurant in Washington D.C. The restaurant’s owner, and television host of WETA’s Check Please, Rose Previte sponsored and participated in the dining experience. Her executive sous chef at the time, Brazilian Chef Raphaella Rangle, created a full traditional Yemeni menu and showcased flavors from different parts of the country in an attempt to introduce Yemen’s Cuisine to the DC restaurant scene.

Sama'a al-hamdani