The photography institution Fotodos will launch the exhibition Refugee Children in Cyprus Photograph Their Own Lives today in Nicosia.
The group exhibition will showcase photographs taken by refugee children who have been living in Cyprus with their families after escaping war in their own countries. The works are the result of a series of workshops conducted by the photographers of Fotodos, on a volunteer basis, with a group of ten refugee children from ten to 16-years-old.
The idea behind the workshops and the exhibition is to empower refugee youth to share their stories and experiences through the art of photography, and by doing so, enhance understanding and empathy towards refugees living in our midst. At the same time, the art of photography serves as a healing tool for the children’s own emotional wellbeing and stability, according to the photographers at Fotodos.
The project was conducted by Fotodos for the first time in Cyprus in 2016 and repeated this year. It is based on the See What I See project by photojournalist Brendan Bannon, who worked with the UN Refugee Agency in organising photographic exhibitions in many parts of the world, following a series of photography workshops for refugee youth living in refugee camps in a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East.
Refugee Children in Cyprus Photograph Their Own Lives
Group exhibition. Opens June 29 at 7.30pm until July 1. Strovolos Municipality, Nicosia. 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-470470