Sebastian Meyer: Under Every Yard of Sky Panel
Where: The Strand
212-473-1452 Price: $15-60
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Iraqi Kurdistan, the semi-autonomous region of northern Iraq, is home to the country’s Kurdish population. After decades of victimization, the Kurds sided with the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and were instrumental in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. 11 years later, they spearheaded the long and bloody fight to defeat ISIS.
For ten years, American photojournalist, Sebastian Meyer, covered the Kurdistan region of Iraq, documenting daily life behind the headlines.
Meyer also co-founded the first Iraqi photo agency with his friend, Kamaran Najm, an Iraqi photojournalist. Their agency, Metrography, trained a generation of Iraqi photographers whose work has been published in National Geographic, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
In 2014, two days after ISIS overran Mosul, Kamaran was kidnapped by the insurgents. Meyer threw himself into the search that continues to this day.
Under Every Yard of Sky is an unprecedented and intimate journey through modern Iraqi Kurdistan. Meyer followed the Kurds for a decade as they rose, phoenix-like, from their bloody past to hover for a moment in a state of peace, before being plunged back into war. Over those ten years, Meyer’s life became intertwined with that rise and fall. His own story of friendship and loss is reflected in his photographs and writing which take the reader deep into the Kurdish experience.
Join us in the 2nd floor Art Deparment for a panel about Under Every Yard of Sky and Kurdistan today.
Sebastian Meyer is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, and recipient of multiple grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His editorial photographs have been published in TIME Magazine, Fortune Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The FT Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among many others. Meyer has also made films for National Geographic, PBS Newshour, Channel 4 News, CNN, and HBO.
Jenna Krajeski is a journalist and writer based in New York. From 2010 to 2015, she lived in Egypt and Turkey where she covered protest movements from Cairo’s Tahrir Square to Istanbul’s Gezi Park; Kurdish dissidents in Iraqi parliament and in mountainous rebel camps; and wrote essays about military drones as metaphor and a revolution’s impact on art markets. In 2015, she was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the following year she co-authored Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad’s memoir, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State. Since 2010, her work has appeared regularly in print and online at The New Yorker, The Nation, and Slate, among others.