The Eyes of War


12.11 - 06.12.2015

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Program: [Exhibitions]

Exhibition of a Dutch photographer Martin Roemers, laureate of the most prestigious press photography contest - World Press Photo Award, is dedicated to the theme of war. It features over forty photographs of older people from Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine, united by one destiny - all of them are victims of the Second World War who lost their eyesight.

2015 is the year of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War and victory over fascism. The traces of war have become seemingly invisible over recent years. Yet the full horror can still be felt in the survivors’ stories, their eyes reflect the terror and trauma of a wartime childhood.

Martin Roemers' large-scale black and white photographs of the blinded war victims are truly haunting. Photographs are accompanied by interviews with people portrayed on them. The exhibition goes beyond personal stories, it tells about grief and loss which invariably accompany war conflicts.

Conscientious review, Joerg Colberg: "The ultimate price of war is always human suffering, and to make us less eager to support a war - or maybe more eager to speak out against one - we need to hear about that suffering. Martin Roemers has given us an opportunity to do just that."

About Martin Roemers:
Martin Roemers, born 1962, studied photography at the AKI Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede, the Netherlands. The author prefers to work on long-term projects that result in exhibitions and books such as Relics of the Cold War and The Eyes of War. He has a well-deserved reputation of an "archeologist of war". He shoots in different corners of the world. One of his latest projects - Metropolis - is about life of ordinary people in big cities. Roemers’ work has been exhibited throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia. It has been purchased by many collections including Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. He has received two World Press Photo Awards along with a number of other prizes. Articles and reviews about Roemers' work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New Yorker and many other publications. Martin Roemers is represented by Anastasia Photo in New York and East Wing in Dubai. He lives and works in the Netherlands.


Opening of the exhibition will take place on 11 November at 19.00
Exhibition opening hours: Tue.-Sun. from 12.00 till 20.00
Tel. +7 (831) 422-45-54 

With support of
the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Russia
Voerman International Moscow
German Historical Museum (Berlin, Germany)

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