ExhibitionDec 11, 2021-Nov 20, 2022

The Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition

Maria Ressa (photo: Hannah Reyes Morales) Dmitry Muratov (photo: Nanna Heitmann)

This year's Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is about journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov and their courageous fight for freedom of expression.

When the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, they highlighted the connection between freedom of the press, democracy, and peace.

This exhibition exposes how journalists across the world are putting their lives on the line, fighting information manipulation and abuse of power, in a world where truth, trust and democracy are at stake. 

The exhibition was opended by the Peace Prize laureates themselves on 11 December, and it is available for the public through November 2022.

"If you have no facts, you can't have truths, you can't have trust. If you don't have any of these, you don't have a democracy."
Maria Ressa

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize exhibition shows two new documentary photography series taken in Moscow and Manila on commission from the Nobel Peace Center.

The German-Russian award-winning photographer Nanna Heitmann has portrayed Dmitry Muratov in Novaya Gazeta, the newspaper he is running. She has also met young, independent journalists in Russia, many of whom are declared “foreign agents”, and operating under strong restrictions.

Nanna Heitmann (self portrait)

“This year has been tough. Every week the headlines line up about how the few remaining free media and human rights organizations are declared foreign agents or even banned altogether.

I hope that the Nobel Peace Prize will at least enable Novaya Gazeta to continue to do their important work”, she states. 

Hannah Reyes Morales is a renowned photographer in the Philippines, who has documented the recent “War on Drugs” launched by President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila. For the Peace Prize exhibition, she has made a photo series about the role of social media in the Philippines. She has called her series “False light” and portrays a population who leads the world in internet use, but still lacks reliable information.

Hannah Reyes Morales (Photo: Robert Amagsila)

“This commission has been one of the most challenging I have ever worked on,” says Morales.

"This work is personal: like many of us at home, watching the consistent assault on truth has been deeply disturbing. I’ve been able to take a closer look at the chaos that is rooted online, and in the dark, I was reminded constantly that on the other side of the screen are people.”

Each year, The Nobel Peace Center presents a new exhibition about this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The exhibition for 2021 is the 17th consecutive one. It is curated by the Nobel Peace Center and will remain on display through November 2022.