Opening: Nobody's Listening
Portrait of Hala
An Immersive Exhibition Promoting Justice for Iraq's Forgotten Genocide
Fri, October 01, 2021 6 pm CEST, Opening
Media Theater, Online
Language: English

The exhibition »Nobody's Listening« creates an immersive environment that generates greater international awareness of the events of the 2014 genocidal campaign and its profoundly devastating consequences for the Yazidi people, Christians as well as other minority religious groups and their cultural heritage in northern Iraq. 

»Nobody's Listening« contains a Virtual Reality experience that commemorates the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS in the summer of 2014 in northern Iraq.  Seven years after the genocide, this is a forward-facing exhibition that focuses on what needs to happen next. It provides a platform for survivors and displaced people to tell their stories, display their expressions of painting, sculpture, and poetry – and make their voices heard about what actions are still needed.

The ceremonial opening of the exhibition will take place as a hybrid event, both streamed and live. Both political voices and survivors will speak and give an insight into the current situation.

The event will be held in English.


There will be a panel discussion between three artists at 4 pm, as well as the opening ceremony at 6 pm. The panel discussion and the opening ceremony will be shown in the ZKM-Livestream and in the foyer of the ZKM.

4 pm


Surviving Genocide: The Power of Art for  Healing: Panel discussion with Nahrin Malki, Falah al Rasam and Ivana Waleed

6 pm



Opening Ceremony



Philipp Ziegler (Head of Curatorial Department, ZKM | Karlsruhe)

Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Weibel (CEO, ZKM  | Karlsruhe)

Florian Hassler (State Secretary, State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg)

Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano (Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq)

Dr. Frank Mentrup (Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe)

Eytan Celik (Board member, Society for Threatened Peoples (STP)

Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan (Dean at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology, University of Duhok and Director of the Institute for Transcultural Health Science, State University Baden-Württemberg, Villingen-Schwenningen)

Haider Elias (Co-Founder and President of Yazda)

Hala Safil (Yazidi Activist, Member of The Yazidi Survivors Network)

Lamiya Haji Bashar (Yazidi Activist, Sakharov Prize laureate)


Translation: Vian Darwish (Yazda)

Moderation: Ryan D’Souza (Curator)

7.30 pm


  Reception in the Foyer
The event via live stream

Curator and Exhibition/VR Producer 
Ryan Xavier D’Souza

Art Director 
Dijon Dajee

Involved at Yazda 
Ahmed Khudida, Vian Darwish, Delkhwaz Haciy, the Yazidi Survivor Network

Involved at ZKM 
Philipp Ziegler, Teresa Retzer, Anne Däuper, Banu Beyer, Zachary Feldman, Adamantia Goulandris, ZKM Videostudio, ZKM Communications and Marketing, ZKM Museum and Exhibition Technical Services

Involved at Society for Threatened Peoples
Tabea Giesecke, Burkhard Gauly, Eytan Çelik, Caroline Siems

Involved at Institute for Transcultural Health Science
Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan

Exhibition and Graphic Design
Easy Tiger Creative 

Steven Swaby

VR Experience 
Surround Vision

VR Director
Mary Matheson

Legal Advisor
Güley Bor

Clinical Psychologist 
Dr. Sarah Whittaker

Alexander Gross
Special thanks to the Photographers and Artists who kindly contributed their time and work for this exhibition. This exhibition is dedicated to Yazidis and all other survivors of the genocide.

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ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Unter der Schirmherrschaft von:

Winfried Kretschmann, Ministerpräsident von Baden-Württemberg

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