With our eyes, the photos taken by Syrian children

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The sunsets, the sea, moments of everyday life. Something that seems far from war and violence but that grows inside it. They are the photos of Syrian children. Those behind the camera are the eyes of refugee minors from the Samos hotspot in Greece. They are the ones who took the photos of the project Through our eyes born as an end-of-course work of the photographic laboratory inside the Mazì educational center, activated by the non-profit organization Still I Rise, founded by Nicolò Govoni. The goal is to provide quality education in the poorest countries in the world.

«We offer a diploma, with a course of study that lasts seven years, recognized throughout the world, which is also very expensive and available in many schools around the world but we offer it for free. This is the educational revolution we strongly believe in, ”Govoni told us in this interview.

The exhibition, which has touched over 60 cities in Italy and around the world, will enter the October 27 in the Chamber of Deputies (Sala del Cenacolo, inside the Vicolo Valdina complex) to stay there until 5 November. A selection of 40 shots that speak of dreams, fears, fragility but also love and the desire to return to normality, to know it for the first time. Many of the children and adolescents who participated in the project were born in the midst of war and have not known a reality other than rubble and violence.

“What struck us most when we saw the photographs taken by our students in Samos was the fact that they also focused on the beauties of the island, on the moments of leisure outside the camp, on the dreams and hopes for the future, ”he explains Nicoletta Novara, creator of the exhibition.

What was supposed to be a school laboratory has overcome those boundaries that have become the theater of conflicts, taking the form of a photographic exhibition that has reached thousands of visitors in Italy and around the world, then declined in the homonymous docu-series, until it merges into the book Through our eyes. “If I had to redo the photographic project right now, now that our students live in a new camp that looks so much like a prison, 8 kilometers away from everything, I believe that even that part would be canceled, leaving room only for difficulties and obstacles. that they have to overcome every day. A bit like the photographs that came to us from Syria, there is a poignant poem in their shots and the certainty of a childhood stolen and forever marked by war».

Still I Rise has also brought the project to the city of Ad Dana, Syria, where the Ma’an educational center is located, to offer Syrian students the opportunity to express themselves through the lens of the camera. “Through Our Eyes it became that way the symbol of a childhood and adolescence that have something to say, but they are deprived of a place and a way to make their voices heard ».

Opening hours: 27/10 – 04/11 from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm)

05/11 from 10am to 2pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Free admission, in compliance with current regulations on the prevention of Covid-19 contagion

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