London, October 2017
Dark to Light, an exhibition of paintings by Syrian refugee children participating in expressive arts therapy opened October 5th at the Old Truman Brewery in London.
The works are part of the PTSD trauma support program patients participate in at the Sir Bobby Charlton Centre for Support and Rehabilitation opened in Amman, Jordan this past August. Dark to Light: A Syrian Child's Journey, is an evocative and revealing exhibition of their work.
"These paintings tell you things that no photograph could ever tell you" says Find A Better Way ambassador and award winning humanitarian photographer, Giles Duley. His photographic series Legacy of War, documents the long-term impact of conflict on communities around the world.
In his exhibition, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See, at the Old Truman Brewery, Giles offers an evening of conversation, with music, poetry and a simple but authentic Syrian dinner. He guides us through an evening of powerful photographic images by sharing the stories they visually tell.
It is in the context of these photographs and stories, in a quiet room off to one side, that the children's paintings can be witnessed.
UK Football Legend and humanitarian Sir Bobby Charlton has the opportunity to take a moment in the gallery. It is through his keen interest in helping those affected by landmines and suffering war related injuries that the exhibition has been sponsored by his charity Find A Better Way, and brought to London.
Photography provided by FABW , Stephen Petegorsky, Troy Word, and CTV