On 15 October, the award-winning photo exhibition One Day, I Will by French photographer Vincent Tremeau opens at the Juhan Kuus Documentary Photo Centre. The photos have been exhibited across the world and they tell a story about the bravery, creativity and vulnerability of children and the importance of education in crisis-affected areas.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It has been six years since the photographer Vincent Tremeau started asking children around the world this question as he was covering crisis hotspots.
In the Central African Republic (CAR), he met aspiring diamond collectors, a pilot, and shopkeepers. In Mali and Niger, journalists, nurses, and farmers. In Congo, almost half the boys came dressed as soldiers. In every country, there were teachers. In Iraq, there was a sailor who had never seen the sea.
Mostly aged between 6 and 18, the children featured here used whatever costumes and props they could find to dress up and show us who they want to be when they grow up. By tapping into each child’s vision for the future, we get a unique glimpse of their current circumstances and challenges.
Kristel Laur, one of the curators of the exhibition, said the images are a clear demonstration of the importance of education for boys and girls in humanitarian crises. “This exhibition helps us introduce audiences to the children directly affected by conflicts. We often see images in the media about destruction, unrest, soldiers – mostly adults. However, the children and their childhood and dreams are the most tragically affected by these conflicts. So this exhibition will show you how these children see the future, what they dream about and what kind of life they consider possible,” Laur said.
This year, we mark 75 years since the founding of the United Nations, the world’s most ambitious peace project to date. According to Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, it is a moment to take stock and celebrate the people working for a better future. “Every day, humanitarian workers from international agencies, NGO staff and diplomats around the world do everything they can to save more lives and offer better protection to children trapped in crises. Development cooperation and humanitarian aid is an integral part of Estonia’s foreign policy. The protection of children in conflicts is one of Estonia’s priorities as an elected member of the UN Security Council,” Reinsalu said.
The exhibition is opened by Urmas Reinsalu, the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mark Lowcock, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (via video), photographer Vincent Tremeau and one of the curators Kristel Laur.
Various events are organised alongside the exhibition, including tours with the photographer and talks focusing on peace building, human rights protection and development cooperation.
Curators: Kristel Laur ja Liisa Kivimäe
Acknowledgements: OCHA, JoinUN75, Telliskivi Loomelinnak, JOON, Taevas Ogilvy, Tikkurila Eesti, Ajar Stuudiod, Hektor Konteiner Hotell, Balmerk Eesti, Kaisa Kaer, Ilmar Kurvits, Kaspar Kaur, Jason Värk
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