Culture VR - The Enemy

The Enemy


During his 15-years career as a war photographer Karim Ben Khelifa has been driven to find the answer to a single question: is it possible to invent a new way to make the audience care, to have them think more deeply about war? The Enemy breaks away from traditional media depictions of war. By allowing the ones who carry out the violence to explain who they are, their motives and their dreams, the project challenges views held by all sides, and ultimately humanizes the combatants. The Enemy project is:A virtual reality experience: a face to face concept where visitors are literally walking between combatants of opposing sides of long-standing conflicts.An immersive experience through a mobile and tablet app that allows users to confront their own notions of "enemy" and "empathy" and to deepen their knowledge of the long-standing conflicts of our time.


Culture VR - Karim Ben Khelifa

Karim Ben Khelifa

Karim Ben Khelifa has been a war correspondent for publications including Le Monde, Stern, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, and Newsweek in a number of war zones—among them, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Kashmir, Lebanon, Iran, North Korea, Libya, and Egypt. He has lived in Yemen, New York, and Paris, and now divides his time between Boston and Berlin.

Karim is a member of the advisory board of the Observatory for Photojournalism of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. He first launched this project with “Portraits of the Enemies”, which debuted at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, before being shown at the 19th annual war correspondents’ gathering at Bayeux. As part of this project, he was a Visiting Artist at the MIT Open Documentary Lab (2013-2015). Since June 2015, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program & Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
and a Visiting Artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).