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One is missing his bed. Another, her doll with the dark eyes. A third is dreaming himself back to a time when his pillow was not an enemy. The war in Syria has continued for five years and more than two million children are fleeing the war, within and outside of the country borders. They have left their friends, their homes, and their beds behind. A few of these children offered to show where they sleep now, when everything that once was no longer exists.
Magnus Wennman, winner of three World Press Photo Awards and fourfold winner of Sweden's Photographer of the Year Award, has met refugees in countless refugee camps and on their journeys through Europe. The story of when the night comes is a living narrative with no given ending. The traveling exhibition Where the Children sleep is a cooperation between photographer Magnus Wennman, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography), and the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
About the Author
Born in Sweden in 1979, Magnus Wennman has been working as a photojournalist since the age of 17 when he started his career with a local Swedish newspaper, DalaDemokraten. Since 2001 he has worked as a staff photographer on Scandinavia's biggest daily paper, Aftonbladet. Magnus concentrates mainly on news and feature stories and has worked in more than 60 countries around the world. He has covered a number of stories including the 2008 US Presidential elections, the Red Shirt protests in Thailand, and the plight of refugees in Africa.He has won prestigious photo awards, both in Sweden and internationally, including two World Press Photo awards, 14 Picture of the Year international awards, 11 NPPAs Best of Journalism awards, and 39 Swedish Picture of the Year awards. He has been awarded Photojournalist of the year in Sweden four times.