New Exhibition, “What is Home?,” Opens on May 3 at the Peace Wall in Oslo City Hall Square
Photography Exhibition by the Nobel Peace Center and National Geographic Showcases Youth and Identity
What is a home? A home can be a place, but it can also be a feeling. A new photography exhibition by National Geographic and the Nobel Peace Center showcases images taken by young refugees and young people from Norway and Greece that portray their own notions of home.
Over the course of six months in 2017, young refugees and youth living in Norway and Greece participated in four National Geographic Photo Camps in the Norwegian cities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, and in Athens, Greece. National Geographic Photo Camp is a program that teaches young people from underserved communities, including at-risk and refugee teens, how to use photography to tell their own stories and explore the world around them. Mentored by renowned National Geographic photographers, these young people explored each other’s cultures and the meaning of home, with the goal of creating increased understanding and developing deep connections with others through photography as a universal language.
“National Geographic Photo Camp aims to inspire a new generation of storytellers as well as the members of the community who view their work. The What is Home? exhibition celebrates this wonderful program and provides new audiences with the opportunity to view the powerful work of these young people and experience their stories through photography.”
“It has been fantastic to work with a renowned and inspiring storytelling institution like National Geographic on a project that is empowering young people and inspiring us all to think in new ways. The work of these talented, young photographers shows us that everybody needs to feel at home, although our concept of home can be very different.”
Together with photos taken by National Geographic photographers Lynn Johnson, Andrea Bruce, Pete Muller and Marcus Bleasdale, the work from the young photographers will be showcased in the What is Home? exhibition displayed on the Peace Wall outside the Nobel Peace Center. The exhibition will run through September 2018.
The Peace Wall is the building fence hiding the construction site for the new National Museum that is being erected in Oslo, and is visited by thousands of people every day. It was turned into an arena for contemporary art in 2015 as an initiative of the Nobel Peace Center in cooperation with the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property (Statsbygg).
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.
About the Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center is the museum about the Nobel Peace Prize. The Center presents the Peace Prize laureates and their work, and tells the story of Alfred Nobel and the Peace Prize. Through permanent and temporary exhibitions, guided tours, various events and family activities, the Center fosters reflection and engagement on topics related to war, peace and conflict resolution. The Nobel Peace Center has achieved international recognition for the use of documentary photography and interactive technology. The Center also acts as an arena for debate and offers a broad educational program. Each year, close to 250,000 people visit the Nobel Peace Center, located in the heart of Oslo.