In a room, two combatants face off. You’re in between them. Step up to meet them, listen while they explain what drove them to ﬁghts, to defend their land, their city, their family… all in the name of peace. The Enemy presents face-to-face confrontations exemplifying three long-standing conﬂict zones.
Once immersed, visitors meet and listen ﬁghters reﬂect on their experiences and perspectives of war, which allow visitors to better understand their motivations.
This 300 m2 exhibition is now touring worldwide: it world premiered at the Arabic World Institute (Paris) in May, 2017. And has followed: Tel Aviv (June 2017), Boston (fall 2017), Will follow: Montreal (spring 2018), Vancouver, Winnipeg, Seoul (dates TBD), Mons (fall 2018). Additional venues forthcoming.
The author, Karim Ben Khelifa has freelanced as a war correspondent for such publications as Le Monde, Stern, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Newsweek covering, among others, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Kashmir, North Korea, Libya and Egypt. He has lived in Yemen, New York and Paris, and currently lives between Berlin and Boston.
Karim Ben Khelifa and his team have pushed documentary VR a huge way forward. The Enemy manages to lead viewers through a coherent, engaging experience for a full quarter tour. They’ve brought in structure and empathy as only story-tellers can.
Amazing experience everyone should experience. Really eye opening and great way to use technology in an enlightening way for once.
Overwhelming. I had a hard time coming down … What a message and opportunity for self-reflection. Congratulations to everyone on the creative team for taking us on this journey.
The Enemy is an unusual opportunity to see a fantastic new way to tell stories. (…) It takes journalism art and storytelling in directions I haven’t seen before.