Nobel Peace Center

Nansen and I

22 Oct 2010–20 Nov 2011

Nansen and I was an activity room that allowed children and families to be inspired by Fridtjof Nansen’s efforts to help refugees and to get a glimpse of what it’s like being a refugee today.

Nansen was born on 10 October 1861, 150 years ago in 2011. He was curious, and embarked on numerous expeditions to Greenland and travelled almost all the way to the North Pole. But Nansen was also eager to help the needy.

In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to provide food for starving children and adults and for helping refugees and prisoners of war in Russia and other European countries. Nansen was the first High Commissioner for Refugees and founded modern day assistance to refugees worldwide. He also lent his name to the Nansen passport: an identity card that gave refugees important rights.

At the Nobel Peace Center children were given a digital Nansen passport, which started all the installations in the exhibition. With the passport the children could visit 8 year old Masiki who lived in a refugee camp in DR Congo, and they could help Nansen give refugees food, clean water, medicine and shelter.

The children could also take a photo of themselves with the Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. The photograph was displayed on the front page of the newspaper Nansen News, which the children got to bring home as a memory from the visit.

A cartoon created by Qvisten for Nobel Peace Center explained who Nansen was and how he was inspired to make a humanitarian contribution for refugees after World War I.

The activity room was produced by the Nobel Peace Center in cooperation with Espen Rasmussen and Telenor, with support from Sparebankstiftelsen DnB NOR.

Main contractors: Qvisten Animation as, Back, Morten Haneseth/Livets små gleder

Back made this film from the exhibition: