#ReclaimTheNarrative

Building Peace Through Photography

”Rights”, ”Justice”, ”Equality”, ”Freedom”, ”Joy”

FPC asked eight-graders in Fittjaskolan how we can capture the notion of peace in our surrounding? How can we describe what peace means in one word? Can we capture that word in a photograph?”

They did!

Where?

Botkyrka is a municipality of Stockholm with an estimate of 92.000 inhabitants. It is one of the most diverse municipalities in Sweden. It is estimated that 56.4% of the population has at least one parent born in another country. This makes Botkyrka a vibrant multi-cultural community and a global meeting point.

Who?

The project aims at engaging eight-graders from Fittjaskolan - the local middle school in Botkyrka. It is carried out in partnership with Multicultural Center (MKC) och Fittjaskolan Botkyrka Norra. The project is funded by Botkyrka Municipality through Kreativa Fonden.

Why?

Because young voices matter! In line with the global agenda youth4peace and UN resolution 2250, FPC wants to empower youth to become custodians of their own narrative. FPC creates an interactive platform for reflection on contemporary questions of peace and conflict through creative and documentary photography.

1. Workshop

The Workshop

The project was initiated with a thematic workshop at MKC about what peace is for youth in 8th grade at Fittjaskolan in Botkyrka.

During the workshop the students explored contemporary issues such as peace, conflict and identified a number of relevant principles and emotions. They learned about photography, composition and storytelling as means for documenting, formulating and communicating a personal narrative. A number of photos will be presented at an exhibition at MKC in November 2020.

2. Photo Walk

The Photo Walk

As a follow up to the workshop, FPC arranged a photo walk with the students.

During the photo walk they were encouraged to reflect upon the discussions during the workshop and apply their newly acquired knowledge of composition and photography while creating engaging and emotive images.

3. Exhibition

The Exhibition

A selection of images taken by the children will be the subject of an exhibition at MKC in Botkyrka. The images will be selected by a joint FPC panel with students and teachers from Fittjaskolan.

The exhibition will reflect the discussions with the students on contemporary issues such as peace, conflict, equality, justice, and participation. The Exhibition is planned for late fall 2020. Stay tuned for dates and schedule. The images will also be published on the FPC website as a photo essay.

Follow the project

Use the hashtags #ÄgDinBerättelse, #ReclaimTheNarrative, #Youth4Peace

Project Partners


Meet the FPC Project Team


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Photo by Miguel Herranz

Sofia Zitouni

When I grew up I was driven by a dream. A dream to make a difference. I wanted to work for the UN. I grew up in a suburb in the outskirts of Stockholm where there were not many prospects for dreaming but I knew I wanted more. When I was 19 years old I went to Egypt against all odds. I fell in love and stayed for 3 years. Little did I know this was the beginning of my long journey living and working abroad getting to meet fantastic people and leaving parts of my heart around the world. Since then I have lived and worked in Palestine, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Bosnia. Mainly with development aid. I early on loved taking pictures. I wanted to tell a story of the people I saw. Many like me feel a bit lost when returning back "home" with lots of stories to tell. I wanted to create a forum where we can inspire each other to do so through our passion for photos and the work we do. When living abroad especially in conflict zones it is difficult talk about what you experience and I believe that pictures can tell more than a million words which helps when there are no words just emotions which is difficult for others to understand. I have taken most of my photos with my iPhone which I think has become a more acceptable tool to use. I try to take pictures that convey a positive message in a difficult environment or a situation. 

Sofia Zitouni
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Magdalena Vogt

I have always been fascinated by stories. When I grew up, my father used to spend hours by my bedside, making up stories about characters from all over the world – of good and evil, bravery, life and death. Sometimes we would also have visitors who told us amazing tales from far away countries. These stories had a deep impact on me.

When I grew up I started traveling, and then working abroad – in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Meanwhile I would also write: articles, chronicles and later on fiction. However. It’s not until recently that I have discovered what a powerful storytelling-tool photography can be. Not only has my camera opened up doors to people and places that I would have never seen otherwise, but it’s also become an important way for me to share these realities and stories.

Magdalena Vogt
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Fallckolm Cuenca

“Since 2003, when I bought my first Digital SLR, I have worked for the UN, EU and various NGOs. My work has taken me to the Middle East, Latin America, Central and Eastern Asia, Western Africa as well as the Caucasus. The camera has not only been a creative outlet but also an increasingly important companion in a perceived need to keep the world close. Most importantly, photography has become an excellent vehicle for documenting the things I feel strongly about - my development and humanitarian work.”

Fallckolm has over 15 years of experience in international peace, security and development cooperation. He has worked with both the UN, EU and Folke Bernadotte Academy (the Swedish agency for peace and security) in countries such as Afghanistan, Senegal, Georgia and Myanmar. He is also the co-founder of FPC and founder of Sustainable Development Group International and SDGI Consulting - Sweden where he has developed a Photography Training for Peace, Security and Development Monitoring. He is a Leica Fotografie International featured photographer. Read more on his website.

Fallckolm Cuenca
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Linda Säll

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