the Project

Since January 2014, Iraq’s war against ISIS has displaced over a tenth of the country’s population. One and a half million Iraqis have fled to the relative safety of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Map of Displacement is the story of these civilians—irrespective of their religion or ethnicity—who have become caught in the crossfire and have been forced to flee their homes. It is these men, women, and children who are the true victims of this intractable conflict.

Map of Displacement is the account of the current crisis of displacement inside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It is the story of the enormous human toll civilians are paying in Iraq while war continues to ravage their country. Through intimate narratives of these people who have been violently forced to flee, Map of Displacement illustrates the magnitude and poignancy of this underreported crisis.

The twelve stories presented here are the result of collaborations between the Kurdish Iraqi photographers of Metrography, DARST Projects and writers from all over the world. These accounts establish a visual and narrative record of the events that are shaking the very foundations of Iraq.

Map of Displacement is a project curated by Stefano Carini and Dario Bosio.

DARST Projects

DARST Projects is a nomadic art studio for documentary projects.

It was founded in 2015 by photographers Dario Bosio and Stefano Carini and has since then produced interactive documentaries, videos, reportages, exhibitions and books with the aim of offering a narrative that breaks with stereotypical depictions and take into account the collaboration of the subjects and the point of view of local photographers.

In the past years DARST Projects has collaborated with the most distinguished media outlets in the world and exhibited its projects worldwide.

Through educational activities and workshops, DARST Projects keeps on building the next generations of documentary photographers, with the aim of passing on its core values and be part of a revolution in the way we produce and consume visual narratives.

Contact Us

If you have been affected by these stories and want to learn more about how you can help or if you would simply like to know more about the project, please contact us using the following form.

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The Exhibition

The touring exhibition “Map of Displacement” gives a physical presence and resonance to the stories that are part of the project. Thanks to the use of maps, migration patterns, audiovisual installations and photographic prints, the exhibition reflects the multi-layered and multimedia nature of “Map of Displacement”, inviting the viewer to learn more about the individual stories and the overall issue also through the use of the original texts and up-to-date statistics.

“Map of Displacement” will premiere in September 2017 at DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic as part of a major touring exhibition on Kurdish Contemporary Photography.


List of supporters

  • Sebastian Meyer
  • Joanna Anderson
  • Laura Montagna
  • Kelesher Rooster
  • Michelle Vaughan
  • Hawre Khalid
  • Giovanni Carini
  • Donatella Bruscoli Menichetti
  • Cyrille Cartier
  • Sasa Kralj
  • Diane Lipsett
  • Dalia Khamissy
  • Marcia Biggs
  • Dario Bosio
  • Sahra Malik Riskind
  • Stuart Angus
  • Francesco Zizola
  • David Browne
  • Sunny Lee
  • Laurie Winfrey
  • Alia Malik
  • David Prothero
  • Carolina Miranda
  • Filippo Menichetti
  • Rebecca Greenhalgh
  • Matt Cetti-Roberts
  • Ginevra Nozzoli
  • Sonia Jeunet
  • Evelien Kunst
  • Jesse Wozniak
  • Solveig Schmidt
  • Fabio Ferrari
  • Teun van der Heijden
  • Niki O’Brien
  • Natasha Yole
  • Nathan York
  • Barbara Beltramello
  • Fai Suluck
  • Rita Margaira
  • Florian Seriex
  • Rafael Brix
  • Lea Bugeja
  • Hamish Logie
  • Jaewoong Lee
  • Massimo Galfrè
  • Ilaria Di Biagio
  • Giuseppe Anerdi
  • James Wudel
  • Susan Burton
  • Adam Mirani
  • Sean Champ
  • Stefano Nanni
  • Ville Rinne
  • Fabienne Vinet
  • Lorenzo Foleyhorn
  • Luke Coleman
  • Nabil Freeman
  • Robert Dickinson
  • Emanuele Camerini
  • Barbara Carini
  • Massiel Sanchez
  • Thomas Thulesen
  • Silvia Bizio
  • Lavinia Parlamenti
  • Emma Beals
  • Anushya Badrinath
  • Fabio Mariani
  • Giulia Landi
  • Jordan Lim
  • Andrea E Magda
  • Asmara Pelupessy
  • Derek Gildea
  • Radwan Taleb
  • Daniel Tudor & Byline
  • Salar Ibrahim
  • Atyaf Mahdi
  • Andrea Bosio
  • Giulia Principe
  • Piers Young
  • Naz Yucel
  • Alessandro Santini
  • Alessia Bernardini