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  1. Students from the Sadiki School inside the city walls relax during a recess. The school was established in 1875 and is one of the oldest in the city of Tunis. 5 November, 2015. Tunis, Tunisia.

    Photo: © Moises Saman / Magnum Photos for the Nobel Peace Center
  2. Photo: Hassan Ammar / AP Photo / NTB Scanpix
  3. Representing the National Dialogue Quartet, from the left: President of LTDH, Abdessattar Ben Moussa; President of UTICA, Ouided Bouchamaoui; President of the National Order of Lawyers, Mohamed Fadhel Mahmoud; and Secretary General of UGTT, Houcine Abassi. 9 November 2015. Carthage, Tunisia.

    Photo: © Moises Saman / Magnum Photos for the Nobel Peace Center
  4. Photo: Fethid Belaid / Afp / NTB Scanpix

The Tunisian Method

12 Dec 2015–27 Nov 2016

The Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition 2015 is about the National Dialogue Quartet. It tells the story of Tunisia after the Arab Spring, about the road from chaos and mass protests to a new constitution and free elections.

This years Nobel Peace Prize laureate is made up of four organizations which joined forces and took on the role of mediator when Tunisia stood on the brink of civil war in 2013. In its announcement, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wrote:

More than anything else, the Prize is intended as an encouragement to the Tunisian people who, despite major challenges have laid the groundwork for a national fraternity, which the Committee hopes will serve as an example to be followed by other countries.

This year’s Peace Prize Exhibtion, the eleventh in a row at the Nobel Peace Center, is not about a person or an organization. It’s about a cooperation, a country and its people.

The Tunisian Method gives an insight into the development in Tunisia after the Arab Spring, and the role played by the National Dialogue Quartet in getting the country back on an even keel. What was their method, and what can we learn from it?

Thanks to the preparatory work in which the Quartet played a significant part, the people of Tunisia were able, in January 2014, to adopt an entirely new constitution, which has been widely praised for its balance and inclusiveness. On behalf of the the Nobel Peace Center, Magnum photographer Moises Saman has interpreted the Tunisian constitution in a series of images. Via interviews and a documentary film produced especially for the exhibition, you can learn more about the Quartet’s work. The exhibition also offers you the chance to put the visitors’ own capacity for dialogue to the test.

The Nobel Peace Center is staging the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition in conjunction with designer Christine Lohre, Professor Ragnhild Johnsrud Zorgati, Tunisia Live, and photographer Moises Saman / Magnum Photos. It was opened on 11 December 2015 by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The exhibition is supported by The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO-Norway) and The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)/The Federation of Norwegian Industries.

Watch the video documentary about the National Dialogue Quartet made by Tunisia Live for the Nobel Peace Center:

On our blog (in Norwegian only) you can read more about the work that goes into making this exhibition.

Watch a lecture by the Chair of the Nobel Committee Kaci Kullmann Five about the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.


2014 Malala and Kailash
The exhibition tells the story of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi’s unstoppable fight for children’s rights. Both Peace Prize laureates took active part in shaping the exhibition. Malala recorded a personal video message, and honouring her own wish, the school uniform she wore when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October 2012, was part of the exhibition. Kailash Satyarthi took Lynsey Addario along on raids to liberate child labourers, and to various centres where the children are offered a new and better life. In an in-depth interview with the BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, he talks about activism, setbacks and the importance of a secure childhood.

2013 OPCW – Combating Chemical Weapons
In the ninth consecutive Nobel Peace Prize Exhibiton, the audience for the first time gets to experience how the OPCW inspectors monitor, identify and destroy chemical weapons. Photographer was the world renowned Paolo Pellegrin from the photo agency Magnum Photos. With American war correspondent and writer Scott Anderson’s short texts, the graphic and strong black and white images provide a rare insight into the daily lives of the weapon inspectors.

2012 EU – Europe from War to Peace
For the first time in history, generations of Europeans are living without fear of war in their own country. The Peace Prize Laureate Exhibition 2012 takes you from yesterday’s Europe where conflicts were settled on bloody battlefields, to present day Europe where conflicts are resolved through negotiation. It shows how the EU has contributed, and continues to contribute, to promote and secure peace, democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

The exhibition portrayed the three brave heroines and laureates Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee from Liberia and Tawakkol Karman from Yemen. The Norwegian photographer Espen Rasmussen accompanied the Peace Prize laureates during several hectic days in November before they arrived in Oslo to receive the Peace Prize in December.

2010 Liu Xiaobo – I have No Enemies
In Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo’s defendant’s speech made on 23 December 2009, prior to him being sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment, he stated: “I have no enemies”. These words inspired the Nobel Peace Center in creating a portrait of the imprisoned peace activist. The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition told the story of Liu Xiaobo’s brave and sustained struggle for fundamental human rights in China: from participation in the Tiananmen protests of 1989 and up until Charter 08.

2009 Barack H. Obama – A Call to Action
Barack H. Obama regarded the Nobel Peace Prize as “a call to action”. This also became the title of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition. The exhibition was inspired by the connections between Alfred Nobel’s will and Obama’s visions and efforts to strenghten international diplomacy and multilateral cooperation, and a world free from nuclear weapons. The exhibition consisted of two parts: a series of large photo portraits of President Barack H. Obama by photographers Callie Shell and Pete Souza. The second part told the story of Nobel’s will and Obama’s work for fraternity between nations, with books and images, texts and films, and interactive games. The exhibition also featured reactions to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama.

2008 Martti Ahtisaari – The Broker
During three decades, the former Finnish President has played a vital role in the peace and reconciliation work done in Namibia, Kosovo, Iraq, Northern Ireland and the Aceh Province in Indonesia. In 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In this exhibition, Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen and BBC journalist Lyse Doucet gave a glimpse into the work of Martti Ahtisaari.

2007 Al Gore and the IPCC – Fever
The exhibition, like the Peace Prize, was divided in two parts. The world renowned photographer Anton Corbijn showed six portraits of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore, bringing out sides of Gore that are rarely seen: Playful and casual, surrounded by the nature he works to preserve. Pictures and text from the article series ”A Globe in Crisis”, featured in the Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv also were part of the exhibition. Photographer Ørjan F. Ellingvåg and journalist Frode Frøyland covered the activity of the IPCC, The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change.

2006 A Fistful of Dollars
The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition focused on the work of Muhammad Yunus and The Grameen Bank. Photographer Linda Næsfeldt’s striking pictures presented a man and an institution that give poor people hope and a possibility to create a dignified life for themselves.

2005 Make Power, Not War
Mohamed 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.