The cultural cost of war and what can prevent it
The wars that have torn apart Syria and Iraq have also led to a huge amount of cultural loss. Archaeological sites have been destroyed and priceless artefacts have been looted and even found their way onto western markets. This exhibition in America reflects on this loss. Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj provides a modern-day response to these themes, while the show also showcases the vital work being done by the University of Pennsylvania and Smithsonian Institution along with people and groups in the Middle East to tackle this problem. Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq runs at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia until November 26. For more information visit www.penn.museum.
The ancient city of Palmyra in Syria is a Unesco world heritage site. It has been subject to looting.