Alexandra Rose Howland has lived in the Middle East over the last decade. This series, Leave and Let Us Go, is the culmination of her photographic work across Iraq over the last five years, and is comprised of sections from the panoramic of Mosul Road, phone images, scanned family photo albums, found objects and her own documentation of Iraq.
“For generations, the Middle East has been solely defined for the West by conflict, and this work aims to challenge how geopolitical events and their impact are presented,” she says. “I built an archive of 350,000 images and videos from over 50 individuals across Iraq. The resulting Leave and Let Us Go is a multidimensional portrait that returns the narrative power to its own citizens and challenges the foreigners’ gaze.”