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Rune Eraker: Tell the world about us

Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, 14. September 15. January 2019


The title Tell the world about us stemming from a note a political prisoner gave Rune Eraker back in 2001. The photographer then visited a prison in Bogotá, Colombia. The short sentence that was so charged has lived with Eraker until he in 2015 decided to take seriously the prisoner's prayer. 

Now over 100 photographs are exhibited in the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, and a book is published at Forlaget Press. The motives are from prisons as well as from other types of deprivation of liberty: being deprived of citizenship, capital punishment, rape, homosexuality.

- What effect do you want the exhibition to have?

"Museums and showrooms are one of the last quiet rooms in the community," says Eraker. "I want to give people an opportunity to dwell on images that hopefully say something about the despair of being deprived of freedom. The goal is to get people to stop and reflect. Many Norwegians have extremely easy-going attitudes to prison sentences. Whether they knew how fucking just sitting on a smooth cell for a day or how poor on death row in the United States is. There are the poorest people sitting there, those who cannot afford a lawyer. It's not OJ Simpson. " 

Kaisa Ytterhaug
Kaisa Ytterhaug
Ytterhaug is a freelancer in Ny Tid.

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