This photography project leads us to a dark place. It’s powerful. It’s heartbreaking. And most of all, it’s necessary. 

Through the eyes of 39 children, between the ages of 12 to 17, we can understand the pain and the hope of being a refugee in 2020, trapped in a hotspot on a small island in the Aegean Sea for months, if not years.

The project took place between December 2018 and August 2019. The 39 children are all students of Mazì, a youth center in Samos, Greece, operated by the Still I Rise NGO. The young photographers attended a photography lab taught by Nicoletta Novara. 

How to navigate the exhibit

Clicking on Samos will provide an overview about the current situation in the hotspot of Samos and you will better understand the context in which the refugee children took the pictures. The pictures are presented across three pages: Inside, Outside, and Childhood. To have a different point of view of the project, you can also look at the pictures sorted by the photographers on the Photographers page. On the About page you will find further information about the project itself, the Still I Rise NGO, and a collection of articles that have been written about Through Our Eyes.