Where the Children Sleep

Where the Children Sleep book available at American Swedish Institute.

Where the Children Sleep

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Where the Children Sleep, was an exhibition of haunting photographs of refugee children by award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman shown at ASI in 2017.  The images and stories in this book depict Syrian children who were forced out of their homes by the ongoing war, losing everything.

Bruce Karstadt, ASI President/CEO, commented ahead of the exhibition, “As we enter 2017 in a world of changing political and social conditions, I wish to reaffirm the vision that inspires the American Swedish Institute today and historically, which is to be a gathering place for all people to connect their pasts to a shared future and to understand their heritage in relationship to others.  The founders of our museum came to this country as Swedish immigrants.  Nearly every person I know has an immigrant story as part of their family narrative.  Through exhibitions and programs linked to our 2017 theme of Migration, Identity and Belonging, we provide a place for conversations and dialogue which fuse our past with today’s local and global context.”

Wennman earned two World Press Photo Awards and was named Sweden’s Photographer of the Year four times.  During his work on Where the Children Sleep, Wennman encountered refugees in numerous camps in the Middle East and on their journeys through Europe.