Nobel Peace Center

Informal refugee settlement in Athens, 2017. (Photo: © 2017 Benjamin Dalton / National Geographic)

What is Home?

03 May 2018–31 Aug 2018

 A new photo exhibition by National Geographic and the Nobel Peace Center showcases images taken by young refugees and young people from Norway and Greece that portray their own notions of home.

In my opinion, home is not a place. It’s a feeling. Feeling of being safe. Feeling of being loved. It’s where my family and friends are. It’s about being happy and showing who I am. -Masha Paunov, Oslo

What is a home? A home can be a place, but it can also be a feeling.

Over the course of six months in 2017, young refugees and youth living in Norway and Greece participated in four National Geographic Photo Camps in the Norwegian cities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, and in Athens, Greece. National Geographic Photo Camp is a program that teaches young people from underserved communities, including at-risk and refugee teens, how to use photography to tell their own stories and explore the world around them. Mentored by renowned National Geographic photographers, these young people explored each other’s cultures and the meaning of home, with the goal of creating increased understanding and developing deep connections with others through photography as a universal language.

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Any place in the world where you have a good feeling about living is a place you can call home. It doesn’t mean your house. It means your father and your mother and your brother – together. Just being together in a place out of danger means home.  – Zabih Hassani, Trondheim

This is the first time the Nobel Peace Center cooperates with National Geographic in creating an exhibition.

Together with photos taken by National Geographic photographers Lynn Johnson, Andrea Bruce, Pete Muller and Marcus Bleasdale, the work from the young photographers will be showcased in the What is Home? exhibition displayed on the Peace Wall outside the Nobel Peace Center. The exhibition will run through September 2018.

The Peace Wall is the building fence hiding the construction site for the new National Museum that is being erected in Oslo, and is visited by thousands of people every day. It was turned into an arena for contemporary art in 2015 as an initiative of the Nobel Peace Center in cooperation with the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property (Statsbygg).