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.
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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,” said Kaitlin Yarnall, vice president of media innovation at the National Geographic Society. The “What is a 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.”
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This is the first time the Nobel Peace Center cooperates with National Geographic in creating an exhibition. “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 tells us that everybody needs to feel at home, although our understanding of home can be very different,” said Liv Tørres, director at the Nobel Peace Center.
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 Peace Wall is the building fence hiding the construction site for the new National Museum that is being erected in Oslo, 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 exhibition will run through September 2018.
About the National Geographic Society
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
One of Norway’s most visited museums with approximately 250 000 visitors per year
presents the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work, in addition to telling the story of Alfred Nobel is an arena for debate and reflection around topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution
is internationally recognized for its emphasis on documentary photography and interactive technology.
The museum presents changing exhibitions, engaging digital solutions, films, seminars and events
and is an independent foundation, with the Norwegian Nobel Committee appointing the board.
Olav Njølstad is the leader of the board, Liv Tørres is the Executive Director.
The museum is financed by a combination of public and private funds; the main sponsors and collaborating partners are Hydro, Telenor Group and ABB.
New exhibition in Oslo: What is a Home? Is based on a press release from the museum
Feature image (on top): The Peace Wall in Oslo