Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now

In December 2019, over 3000 delegates from all over the world will convene in Geneva for the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Act Today, Shape Tomorrow, at the International Conference Center Geneva. Held every two years, this conference provides a unique opportunity for states, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and key partners to come together to explore current and future challenges within the humanitarian world, as well as the unique role that the Movement, alongside states, has in addressing them.

Art has an important role to play in such a conversation, which is why the Musée de l’Elysée is participating in two different ways:

Dialogues on Humanity

Humanitarian Trail, Geneva,
Yurt outside entrance to the International Conference Center Geneva
December 4 -12, 2019

In the days leading up to the conference, and for its duration, the public is also invited to consider these issues by participating in the Humanitarian Trail, which will lead visitors on a path to various venues across Geneva. The Musée de l’Elysée will be present with Dialogues on Humanity – an interactive activity that encourages visitors to slow down the process of reading images and reflect upon the humanitarian principles. In the intimate setting of a yurt, visitors are encouraged to participate in a dialogue with themselves and others after revisiting and reflecting upon press images. Furthermore, they are offered the unique opportunity to speak with humanitarian workers and professionals from the museum world about their. Dialogues on Humanity is open to the public, and can be found in the yurt outside the International Conference Center Geneva.


Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now

International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Geneva
December 4, 2019 - March 8, 2020
Free entrance to the installation
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In the context of the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the Musée de l’Elysée is proud to present Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now at the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent from December 4, 2019 to March 8, 2020. This contemporary art installation, produced by the Musée de l’Elysée and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conversation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, seeks to offer visitors insight into the significance that the four humanitarian principles – humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence – have for everyday life.

The Musée de l’Elysée gave a carte blanche to 10 French-speaking Swiss artists to reflect on where they see the humanitarian principles at play in their lives. The result is 10 original short films that examine the impact of humanitarian principles from a fresh, local and contemporary perspective.

Sarah Carp, Renaissance, 2018 © Sarah Carp


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