How an exhibition and its world tour brought together a country, a museum and an artist.
Armed conflicts shatter the lives of millions of civilians every day around the world. Their issues are not only crucial to the international debate, they also have an echo in the work of artists, especially photographers. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne – one of the world’s leading museums entirely dedicated to photography – and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to join forces. Together, they produced an exhibition, War from the Victims’ Perspective – Photographs by Jean Mohr, which has travelled to no less than 60 venues in 35 countries since 2013. It has offered at each stage a uniqueopportunity to raise awareness about humanitarian issues through Jean Mohr’s photographic oeuvre. Pascal Hufschmid will present how this ambitious project was engineered in less than six months and managed in a simple way, turning the exhibition into an active platform that pushed both partners beyond their comfort zone to the benefit of a very large audience.