Digital Layers of War
Alexandra Rose Howland & Wafaa Bilal

Twenty years ago 9/11 took place, leading the United States to announce its 'War on Terror' and involving Iraq in an ongoing conflict. This war was deemed as the first 'smartphone war' due to the introduction of the smartphone as an object of mass consumption in 2007. The widespread use of digital cameras enabled millions of users to capture the conflict from angles which had previously been out of sight. What formerly had been the domain of photojournalists and governmental agencies, became a limitless stream of images shared on the internet. This gave digital media a vital role in portraying the confrontation's countless layers.
Maryam, 2020, Leave and Let Us Go © Alexandra Rose Howland, courtesy of the artist


about the exhibition at Foam

Foam 3h presents the exhibition Leave and Let Us Go by Alexandra Rose Howland. With her series, Howland presents an intimate portrait of Iraq, a country that is often misunderstood and misrepresented.

Through the archive of pictures which consists of roughly 300.000 images and videos, we are given a candid look into the daily life of Iraqi people as seen through their eyes.

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Foam 3h: Alexandra Rose Howland Leave and Let Us Go © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy.⁠

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Concept: Mirjam Kooiman and Valeria Posada Villada
Production: Nordin Janssen
Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

This exhibition in Foam 3h is sponsored by the Van Bijleveltstichting, the Leeuwensteinstichting and Kleurgamma Fine Art Photolab.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

In 2021 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

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Digital Layers of War with Alexandra Rose Howland & Wafaa Bilal