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The Museum of New Art opens the world-renowned photo exhibition of the award-winning French photographer Vincent Tremeau "When I Grow Up Once", which talks about children's courage, creativity, vulnerability and the importance of education in crisis areas. The exhibition was created in cooperation with the Juhan Kuusi Dokfoto Center and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and has been traveling all over Estonia since 2021.

“Who do you want to be when you grow up?” Six years have passed since Vincent Tremeau, a photographer who captures hotspots, began asking children this question wherever his work took him. In the Central African Republic, Vincent met future diamond seekers, pilots and shopkeepers. In Mali and Niger with journalists, nurses and farmers. In the Congo, almost half of the boys were dressed as soldiers. There were teachers in every country. There was a sailor in Iraq who had never seen the sea.

The children depicted in the exhibition are mostly between the ages of 6 and 18 and show what they want to become when they grow up with the help of handy costumes and tools. Immersing each child in a vision for the future gives us a unique look at their current living conditions and challenges.

According to one of the curators of the exhibition, Kristel Lauri, the pictures clearly show the importance of education for boys and girls in humanitarian crises. “With this exhibition, we can bring children to the audience who are directly affected by what is happening in conflict areas. We often see pictures in the media of devastation, unrest, soldiers, mostly adults. Most tragically, however, these conflicts affect children, their childhoods and their dreams. How these children see the future, what they dream of and what kind of life they see possible at the exhibition, “said Laur.

The autumn of 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the world’s most ambitious peace project to date. According to Liis Lipre-Järma, Director of the International Organizations and Human Rights Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is important to pay public attention to those who live in the midst of constant suffering and crises, as well as to those who help alleviate the horrors of war.

“Children are often voiced victims whose future is buried in the horrors of conflict. Development cooperation and humanitarian aid are an integral part of Estonia’s foreign policy. As an elected member of the UN Security Council, one of our focuses is to ensure the rights of children in conflict zones, “explained Lipre-Järma.
Curators: Kristel Laur and Liisa Kivimäe.

Thank you: OCHA, JoinUN75, Telliskivi Creative City, JOON, Taevas Ogilvy, Tikkurila Estonia, Ajar Studios, Hektor Konteiner Hotel, Balmerk Estonia, Kaisa Kaer, Ilmar Kurvits, Kaspar Kaur, Jason Värk and Haapsalu Cultural Center

Gallery name: The Museum of New Art

Address: Esplanaadi 10, Pärnu

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 09:00 - 17:00

Open: 03.07.2021 - 31.07.2021