See what I mean? - Nobel Peace Center

Nobel Peace Center


  1. Photo: "PRIMARY STUDY TO JUNGLE PEOPLE" by a 13 year old from India
  2. Photo: "PEACE" by Yuthapong Churmor, 15 years old from Thailand
  3. Photo: "TSUNAMI" by R. Sayuri Vihava Rajapakhsalage, 11 years old from Sri Lanka

See what I mean?

22 Feb 2014–01 Feb 2015

In the small exhibition See what I mean?, children from around the world express themselves on topics like school, society and experiences – in good and bad times. The exhibition is made in cooperation with The International Museum of Children’s Art.

Democracy and the freedom of expression are high on the agenda for the 200th Norwegian national constitutional anniversary. The Norwegian Constitution states that all have the right to free expression, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that also children have the right to the freedom of expression. Drawing and creating art are important ways to state your opinion.

– The freedom of expression is vital to many Peace Prize laureates. To highlight children’s expressions in a year where we get to celebrate 200 years of sovereignty of the people is particularly important, says Bente Erichsen, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

The artists in See what I mean? are children and youth between the ages of 8 and 17 from Thailand, India, Iran, Kirgizstan, Egypt, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Turkey, Argentina, China and Japan.

From the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

Article 12: Respect for the views of the child
Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have  their views taken seriously.

Article 13: Freedom of expression
Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

The World ! This horrible world will never be better if there is no
help from everybody. It will be one like what it is because of the lack
of principles and the selfishness. Don’t let it be like this till the next
generation, please!

– Luangsuwan Kittsak, 14 years old from Thailand

This exhibition has been created in partnership with the International Museum of Children’s
Art. The works are selected from the museum’s collection.