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The Body As a Battlefield
January 9, 2019
by Cristina de Middel
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition 2018, "The Body as a Battlefield" is about the two Nobel Peace Prize laureates Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad. It is also about how sexual violence has been, and still is, used worldwide as a weapon of war and what can be done to prevent such crimes.
Cristina de Middel has spent time with both Nobel Peace Prize laureates; Mukwege, the Congolese surgeon who has helped reconstruct the shattered bodies of thousands of victims of sexual violence, and Murad, a member of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and a survivor of sexual violence and slavery. Held captive by ISIS, she managed to escape after three months of enslavement. “I wanted to make representations of the sexual violence that has been inflicted on people all over the world, both in the past and the present. The violence itself is in many cases so overwhelming that it’s hard to convey sufficiently through the documentary genre. I hope the abstractions in these photos will help the viewer have an empathetic realization within themselves about the victims’ experiences,” - Cristina de Middel.
“The Body as a Battlefield” exhibition is open until 24 November 2019 at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
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