CONFLICT, CURATED.

"SUFFERING AND HOPE", 2018

In 2015, Hadeel Seif Suleiman Al-Humaidi started her photographic journey. She has participated in several exhibitions in Oman. In 2018, she created the image, "Suffering and Hope," and it is intended to convey her belief that there is always hope in life's suffering.

THE STRUGGLE SERIES, 2003

In July 2001 Nelson Mandela sketched a series of five humble images. Images that he felt illustrated the chapters of his much-publicized life.

“These sketches are not so much about my life as they are about my own country. I drew hands because they are powerful instruments, hands can hurt or heal, punish or uplift. They can also be bound, but a quest for righteousness can never be repressed. In time, we broke open the shackles of injustice, we joined hands across social divides and national boundaries, between continents and over oceans. And now we look to the future, knowing that even if age makes us wiser guides, it is the youth that remind us of love, of trust, and the value of life.” - Nelson Mandela 2001.

SUFIA, 1991

Photographer Shahidul Alam captures a little girl named Sufia; the sole survivor in her family following a cyclone in Anwara, Chittagong, Bangladesh in April 1991.

David Wojnarowicz (Silence = Death), 1989

This striking image is a powerful visual icon of protest, as staged by the artist David Wojnarowicz. A part of ACT UP, the AIDS activist group, he depicted the enforcement of silence as the ultimate emblem for speaking up for his own HIV-positive condition and many others in the late 1980s.

His sewn-up mouth became a recurring image in his art and activism, a gesture that took the slogan “Silence = Death,” which had been adopted as a rallying cry by AIDS activists and serves as the picture’s subtitle, to its logical, literal extreme.

‘SHOOT THEM FOR WHAT?’, 1967

On April 28, 1967, Muhammad Ali arrived at the Armed Forces Induction Center in Houston.

The Vietnam War was raging, American soldiers were dying by the hundreds, protesters were burning draft cards and conscientious objectors were fleeing to Canada. Ali had no intention of fleeing to Canada, but he also had no intention of serving in the Army.

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America,” he had explained two years earlier. “And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. … Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them, poor people? Just take me to jail.” - M. Ali

Sophocles - OEDIPUS REX, 420 BC

Oedipus does not have a free will or personal choices for his future or fate.
He solves a riddle and defeats the Sphinx, kills the former king and married his wife. He accepted both of these without any pressure as if he makes his own choices, own free will or own decisions.
Free will and fate are continuously demonstrated in Oedipus the King in the play, however only one brought Oedipus towards downfall and ultimately to his death.

UKRAINIAN SOLDIER WITH NEWBORN, 2022

By Timothy Fadek

A Ukrainian soldier carries a baby across a destroyed bridge in Irpin on March 3.

This was the bridge in Irpin that had been destroyed on purpose to prevent Russian forces from invading.

“When I look at this photograph and think about that day, I am still in awe at the calm, kindness and bravery of the civilians and soldiers alike in the midst of this horrible and needless war.” said photographer Timothy Fadek.

CHILD AD CONSPIRACY "SCANDAL", 2022

This Balenciaga campaign featured photos of children clutching handbags that look like teddy bears in bondage gear.

Another campaign featured photos that included paperwork about child pornography laws.

Together, they ignited a firestorm that traveled from the internet to Fox News, fueled by allegations that Balenciaga condoned child exploitation.

The controversy has become one of the most explicit collisions of internet culture, politics, fashion, and conspiracy theories to date.

FRANKENSTEIN, 1818

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a conflict as old as life itself emerges as the story progresses; parent versus posterity in a struggle for reconciliation.

Victor Frankenstein and his creation become tied up in a constant battle as the creation seeks his origins, finding a horrifying truth; the creator had abandoned the creation.

This central conflict derives from the creation of the creature, the inability of Frankenstein to appreciate his creation, and the creation’s need for a parental figure.

The conflict addresses themes of the book such as human desires for prestige, acceptance, and the intimacy of a relationship with one’s creator.

LONG LIVE FREEDOM, 1978

Nicky Nodjoumi notably produced a 1978 depiction titled “Long Live Freedom,” a propagandist piece dedicated to a radical leftist movement as a campaign for civil disobedience to Shah’s iniquitous incarceration of political dissenters.

His sketch illustrates a colossal serrated tip of a black and white bayonet, that penetrated a prison cell to coerce a gagged inmate.

The poignant artwork articulates a doleful, yet cynical remark on Iran's state entropy, asserting “the problem is people, when they come into power no matter what, they do bad things.

SPLIT, 2018

An M. Night Shyamalan movie.

The protagonist of the film, Kevin suffers from a severe form of dissociative identity disorder, where twenty-three alternative selves are living inside one person.

The film explores depression, alcoholism, fear of commitment, and the evolving personality of James McAvoy character.

TAKE ME TO CHURCH, 2013

Hozier’s biggest hit, “Take Me To Church,” originally released in 2013, takes a jab at passion, sex, and religion during modern times and how they often do not mix well together.

The motivation for “Take Me To Church” comes from the struggles of the LGBT community in an unaccepting landscape. The straightforward lyrics coupled with the harsh reality of the music video bring about a feeling of discontented morality for the listener. That is the feeling that facilitates change.

MIND DEVOUR, 2012

By Sebastian Eriksson.

This artwork explores various psychological problems such as schizophrenia, insanity, depression or other mental problems.

The artist expressed he had periods in his life where he felt like this.

So, he wanted to make an illustration of his thoughts and pain within. The endless screaming makes his own mind eat him up.

CREATIVITY IN TIME OF CRISIS, 2022

The Fashion industry has become a model of support for the Ukrainian people.

The Ukrainian domestic firms themselves small, medium and notable fashion brands continue to fight against the Russian giant, in the face of all adversity, in the best way that fashion knows how to do: building creative, strong and surprising new collections in this time of crisis.

The woman in the dress, 2016

By Jonathan Bachman

The image of an unarmed African-American woman in a flowing dress, calmly standing in front of two officers clad in head-to-toe riot gear, is being hailed as iconic, as tense protests continue in the U.S.

The woman in the dress has become a focal point of the protests – with many social media users attributing her calm, strong demeanor to the strength of the Black Lives Matter movement

SOPHIE'S CHOICE, 1979

A novel by William Styron.

In this extraordinary novel, Stingo, an inexperienced twenty-two-year-old Southerner, takes us back to the summer of 1947 and a boarding house in a leafy Brooklyn suburb.

There he meets Nathan, a fiery Jewish intellectual; and Sophie, a beautiful and fragile Polish Catholic. Stingo is drawn into the heart of their passionate and destructive relationship as witness, confidant and supplicant.

Ultimately, he arrives at the dark core of Sophie's past: her memories of pre-war Poland, the concentration camp and - the essence of her terrible secret - her choice.

Prague fashion week, 2014

Markéta Martišková designed the “Protest Collection” which made its way to the catwalk in Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week in 2014.

She supports women's rights and equality and hopes one day it won’t be necessary to protest.

Commemorating Sean Rigg, 2015

In 2015 this mural appeared in Brixton commemorating the deaths of residents who died in police custody – Ricky Bishop and Sean Rigg – their faces united in death and dignity beneath arches due to be demolished in the name of modernization.

Erasing our humanity, 2017

Austin Howlett created this painting for the Art and Conflict show that dealt with the complicated issue of speaking about the devastation of war through art. This piece deals with the psychological anguish that many soldiers have to endure during and after their deployment. Many people only think of the bodily sacrifice our soldiers make, but many also suffer emotional and mental trauma that cannot be seen from the outside. This piece expresses a soldier losing the humanity that has lived in him for so long and the beginning of a long journey to recovering it once again.

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