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Where the Children Sleep - Photographs by Magnus Wennman

Jan 20, 2017 to Mar 05, 2017

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Magnus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything behind.

Where the Children Sleep is a featured exhibition in ASI's 2017 Migration, Identity and Belonging programming.

Please accept our invitation to visit ASI on Wednesdays during February, when we are providing free admission to increase community access to the exhibition.

A boy without a bed.

A girl afraid to close her eyes.

A child who dreams of when bedtime didn’t bring terror.

More than two million children have been forced from their homes by the war in Syria. Refugee children in neighboring countries or making journeys through Europe await an uncertain future. A few offered to show where they sleep now, when everything that once was, no longer exists.

Magnus Wennman, has partnered with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to raise awareness about refugee children. Wennman has met refugees in numerous refugee camps and on their journeys through Europe.

He has worked as a photojournalist since age 17 when he started his career with the Swedish newspaper, DalaDemokraten. Since 2001, he has worked as a staff photographer on Scandinavia’s biggest daily paper, Aftonbladet. Wennman concentrates mainly on news and feature stories and has worked in more than 60 countries around the world. He has covered a number of stories including the 2008 US Presidential elections, the Red Shirt protests in Thailand and the plight of refugees in Africa.

Wennman is the winner of several prestigious photo awards, both in Sweden and internationally, including fourteen Picture of the Year international awards, 11 NPPAs Best of Journalism awards, 39 Swedish Picture of the Year awards, two World Press Photo Awards, and a fourfold winner of Sweden’s Photographer of the Year Award. 

SUPPORTERS

This exhibit is an American Swedish Institute collaboration with UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency.

FIKA Café, ASI's Museum Store, and Tiny Footprint Coffee have teamed up to support refugee relief efforts by donating a portion of all coffee sales to USA For UNHCR during the run of the Where The Children Sleep (through March 65, 2017). Proceeds help and protect refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution.

Special thanks to ASI contributors including Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Delta Air Lines and the Carlson Family Foundation for their generous support of ASI programming and this exhibition.Thanks also to Minnesota Public Radio 91.1 KNOW News, the exclusive radio sponsor of Where the Children Sleep

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This exhibit is an American Swedish Institute collaboration with UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency.

Support the work of USA for UNHCR – and its partners, by participating in ASI's FIKA Footprints and Tiny Footprints Coffee campaign to help and protect refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. A portion of coffee proceeds at FIKA Cafe and The ASI Museum Store will be donated to this work.

FIKA Café, ASI's Museum Store, and Tiny Footprints Coffee have teamed up to support ongoing refugee relief efforts by donating a portion of all coffee sales to USA For UNHCR during the run of Where The Children Sleep exhibition (January 21-March 6, 2017). Proceeds help provide lifesaving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety, and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future.

Thanks to Minnesota Public Radio 91.1 KNOW News, the exclusive radio sponsor of Where the Children Sleep