The Places We Live - Nobel Peace Center

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  1. Photo: Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos
  2. Photo: Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos
  3. Photo: Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos
  4. Photo: Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos

The Places We Live

06 June 2008–01 Feb 2009

Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen presents 20 homes in four different slum areas.

In 2008 more people live in cities than in rural areas. More than a billion people live in slums. The exhibition – a unique multimedia installation – challenges viewers to reflect on what it means to live in a city in the 21st century. Bendiksen has visited four slums selected according to geographical spread and variation. He depicts various aspects of slum life, from worst-offs to slum chiefs.

See the images on the 3D webside

Jonas Bendiksen is the first Norwegian, and Nordic, photographer to become member of the prestigious photography agency MAGNUM, represented in Norway by All Over Press. Bendiksens works have been published in international magazines such as National Geographic, GEO, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Sunday Times Magazine, Mother Jones and Le Monde II.

The technical exhibition partner is Canon.

The four slums portrayed in the exhibition are:

KIBERA, Nairobi, Kenya
Kibera has about 1 million inhabitants and is considered the world’s largest and most crowded slum, with practically no public services. It is virtually a state unto itself.

DHARAVI, Mumbai, India
This is Asia’s biggest slum, right by Mumbai’s financial centre. Its inhabitants include economic refugees and independent entrepreneurs of all kinds.

BARRIOS, Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas is a valley commercial centre with barrios, or slums, on the surrounding hills. The barrio dwellings are a bit more advanced than in the other slums in the exhibition, but the crime rate is far higher.

KAMPONGS, Jakarta, Indonesia
Jakarta has 1.5 million slum dwellers living in hundreds of communities scattered throughout the city. The myriad slum communities are located along rivers, near dumpsites and under bridges. East Asia has the fastest slum growth in the world.