Make Power – Not War - Nobel Peace Center

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  1. Photo: Jørn Moen / Dagbladet
  2. Photo: Jørn Moen / Dagbladet
  3. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  4. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  5. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center

Make Power – Not War

11 Dec 2005–13 Apr 2006

The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition was entitled Make Power – Not War and looked at the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Dr Mohamed ElBaradei.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.
– From the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s announcement, Oslo, 7 October, 2005.

Mohamed ElBaradei opened the exhibit 11 December, the day after the Peace Prize Ceremony. In his opening speech, Mohamed ElBaradei said that the Nobel Peace Center is a very important starting point for individual people’s political engagement.

ElBaradei considers the nuclear threat of today to be greater than ever before. IAEA controls over 900 facilities for nuclear power in 71 countries in order to prevent dissemination of nuclear weapons. At the same time, IAEA promotes civilian use of nuclear power and related technology. The exhibition highlighted this controversial double role.

Today, with globalization bringing us ever closer together, if we choose to ignore the insecurities of some, they will soon become the insecurities of all.
– Mohamed El Baradei

The first Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition was made in record time in collaboration with the newspaper Dagbladet and The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).

Photographer Jørn H. Moen travelled to the IAEA Headquarter in Vienna, where he portrayed Mohamed ElBaradei and his staff doing their hectic and important work. Information, illustrations and facts about nuclear weapons were shown side by side with the photo series.

Mohamed ElBaradei is a friendly and mild man. But you soon notice that a great seriousness characterizes him. This was what I tried to express through my photographs taken during my three days with him.
Jørn H. Moen, photographer

At the opening, Anne Grete Preus sang Jens Bjørneboe’s “Song about the city of Hiroshima”.

Photo: Jørn H.Moen, Dagbladet.
Exhibition texts: Senior researcher Morten Bremer Mærli, NUPI.
Room design: Christine Lohre.