Photo: Bassam Khabieh, 2021
The Children of Syria are growing up. In partnership with the Karam Foundation, ART WORKS Projects will host a panel discussion featuring photographer Bassam Khabieh, who contributed to our 2013 exhibition The Children of Syria that documented the lives of children displaced by the conflict in Syria. AWP will debut a digital exhibition of Khabieh’s recent work featuring refugee children who are growing up and confronting new challenges navigating life outside of their home country.
Bassam Khabieh, formerly an information technology specialist, is an internationally recognized Syrian photographer who for eight years documented war crimes and other ongoing human rights violations in the Syrian war while working for Reuters. His images have been published in the Guardian, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time magazine. Bassam has also consulted for UNICEF and the World Health Organization. He was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 2015 and in 2018 was named a fellow at the Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College, where he taught photography and human rights. Bassam returned to Turkey after finishing his fellowship, where he continues to cover Syrian news and works with journalists and researchers reporting on Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Lina Sergie Attar, is founder and CEO of Karam Foundation. She is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. She was named one of GOOD magazine’s 2016 GOOD 100 for Karam’s innovative work with Syrian refugees. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic, and has appeared on CNN, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, and NPR. Lina has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at institutions including RISD, Harvard, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, The New School, Phillips Exeter Academy, King’s Academy in Jordan, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and others. Sergie Attar is a co-founder of the How Many More? project and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Syria Campaign, and is a non-resident fellow at New America. See Lina’s TEDx talk here.
Amy Yenkin is an independent producer and editor with 25+ years of experience in social issue documentary photography, arts and social change, philanthropy, non profit management, and strategic planning. She co-produced and edited Witnesses To War: The Children of Syria by Bassam Khabieh (Spring 2021). She is also the co-director and producer of We, Women, the largest social impact photo-based art project by women and gender nonconforming artists currently underway across the United States. Amy is the former director of the Open Society Foundations’ Documentary Photography Project, a program she founded and launched in 2004. During her tenure at OSF, she exhibited and funded more than 300 photographers documenting human rights and social issues globally.