Dream Catcher - Nobel Peace Center

Nobel Peace Center


  1. Photo: Rune Eraker
  2. Photo: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB Scanpix
  3. Photo: Rune Eraker

Dream Catcher

23 Oct 2005–08 Dec 2005

Dreamcatcher displayed photographs taken by Rune Eraker in Guatemala, a country with over 12 million inhabitants and more than 20 different languages in addition to Spanish. Nearly half of the population is Mayan. In 1996, Guatemala signed a peace accord that fi nally put an end to 36 years of bloody civil war.

In September 2004, Rune Eraker visited the Santa Teresa remand prison in Guatemala City, where he met women who had been held in custody for more than a year without being tried before a court. The list of those waiting for public defence counsel is long, health care is minimal and many detainees encounter violence at the hands of police and prison authorities.

Dream catchers, associated with Native American lore, consist of a small wooden hoop hung with feathers, criss-crossed by a web of yarn with a small “eye” at the centre. Dream catchers are hung so that they swing freely in the air, and are intended to catch and trap bad dreams, while allowing good dreams to pass through the eye of the web.

The exhibition was officially opened by Rosalina Tuyuc, leader of the national widow’s movement Conavigua. She was the first indigenous woman to become a congressional representative, and took active part in the Guatemalan peace process.

Photography by Rune Eraker
Spatial design by Christine Lohre
Texts by Tiril Rem

This exhibit was produced in collaboration with FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development, which organised the 2005 Norwegian annual TV fundraising campaign.