ICCROM-Sharjah has contributed to the inaugural event of the Cultural Hub Bayt Yaish – the new premises for the Petra National Trust (PNT) – by organising the 4th edition of its travelling exhibition titled “The Day After: Shadows of Heritage” which was previously held in Rome, Italy, Manama, Bahrain and Essaouira, Morocco in November 2017, June 2018 and November 2018 respectively.
The inaugural event which coincided with the 30th Anniversary for the establishment of the Petra National Trust (PNT) was held on 12th June 2019 in Amman, Jordan, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Raad bin Zaid, Princess Magda Raad, Princess Dana Firas.
The event was attended by the jordanian Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz accompanied by Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Majd Al-Shwaikeh and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Petra Region Authority Dr. Sulaiman Al-Farajat. Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-Sharjah also attended follow-up events highlighting the need for collaboration to protect the World’s Cultural Heritage.
“The Day After: Shadows of Heritage”, is a photography exhibition that depicts the destruction of significant historic buildings, structures and cities, previously jewels of heritage, now abandoned in ruins. Though the integrity of these places has been affected, with the rubble on the ground casting a shadow on what once was a heritage structure, the aura of these buildings and sites persists and recalls the authenticity of its original remains.
This exhibition focuses on six Arab countries: Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Palestine. It presents selected sites before and after conflicts and illustrate the extent of the damage.
It gives to the international community of heritage professionals a moment of reflection, by bringing to the forefront the conditions of cities and buildings in post-conflict contexts. More importantly, it calls attention to how international cooperation can be most effective in a recovery phase.
The ICCROM-Sharjah network of professionals, experts, and course participants, as well as partner institutions actively engaged in their respective countries, contributed with images on display at this exhibition.