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"Refugees - a Great Challenge"
Date: 21 June -
30 June 2017
Organization: UNOG
Location: Mezzanine
Category: Exhibition
patron: Permanent Mission of Germany

This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Passerelle between E and A Buildings, 3rd Fl.; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 40.

All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register at wi-s1-io@genf.diplo.de 48 hours before attending.

About the exhibition:

In a world that has come out of joint with a great number of crises and conflicts, millions of people leave everything behind them and seek protection and security far from their home. In recent years, Germany has taken in hundreds of thousands of people in need.

Herlinde Koelbl has captured these chilling stories and the sometimes unspeakable suffering of flight and displacement in her photos. These pictures provide a graphic account of the daily lives of refugees stranded in Europe, from Idomeni to Catania to Berlin. They show thousands of life jackets abandoned on the beaches of Lesbos, the barbed wire fences on the Greek-Macedonian border and intimate snapshots of families in the refugee accommodation at the hangar of the former Tempeh of Airport. Koelbl’s works are an impressive visual appeal to us all to keep up our efforts to help those seeking protection.

About the artist:

Herlinde Koelbl is one of the most renowned German photographic artists. Her comprehensive oeuvre is characterized above all by long-term photographic projects, often complemented by in-depth interviews. She is particularly interested in creating portraits of milieus and people.

She has published more than a dozen books of photograph and her photographs have been shown at numerous international exhibitions and in major collections. In parallel to her books and exhibitions, she produces documentary films and video installations on the same subject. She has received a number of award for her work as for example the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize in 2001.

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