Athens Photo Festival

«Return» is exhibited in the 2016 main programme of Athens Photo Festival. The exhibition reflects the diversity of contemporary photography, presenting recent works by 85 established and emerging artists from 35 countries, 8 multimedia projects and a wide selection of photobooks, spread across 5 exhibition halls at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. My exhibition is supported by the Norwegian Embassy & the Norwegian Institute in Athens.

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Workshop

I am doing a workshop in my exhibition in Hamar Kulturhus for 12/13 year old youths the next four weeks. The focus is the stories of the asylum children in the exhibition, and to questioning how we see other people and their stories. All the youths are supposed to take a portrait and to be photographed, in addition to written exercises. The workshop is organised by «The Cultural Rucksack» (Den kulturelle skolesekken), a national programme for art and culture provided by professionals in Norwegian schools.

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Exhibition in Hamar Kulturhus

My new project «Tilbake» (Return) is exhibited at Hamar Kulturhus in Hamar, Norway. The project tells the stories of children of rejected asylum seekers, who have been sent back to their home country – or a life on the run. They lived in Norway between four and nine years. While the applications were processed and rejections were appealed, the children and youth went to school, learned Norwegian, participated in activities such as football, dancing classes etc. They were part of local communities, they got friends and daily routines. They had dreams and aspirations – just like any other Norwegian child or adolescents.

I have portrayed the children and photographed their new life, but also places and friends they left behind in Norway. Portraits, pictures of everyday life and audio recordings tell about traumatic experiences, memories and friendship.

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