© Stanley Greene / NOOR

How do you convey through images the cultural-historical importance of one of the oldest cities in the world? A city that has been in the news almost continuously for many months now because of the war raging there. This focus inevitably leads to a skewed and incomplete picture: the city is reduced to a hotbed of violence and its former inhabitants are reduced to a word: ‘refugees’. It is completely impossible for any exhibition to capture the visceral emotions of war.

In spite of such limitations, the Tropenmuseum wants to show its visitors a different view of this remarkable city. A scale model of Aleppo, an artefact from the museum’s own collection, is at the heart of this exhibition. Photographs from renowned photographers such as Stanley Greene and Eddy van Wessel, picture postcards, and film clips give an impression of the city both before and during the war.

Photography below by Ed Kashi (1), Sebastiano Tomada (2) and Eddy van Wessel (3).