Entry Title: "LET THE CHILDREN PLAY"
Name: Lukas Maximilian Hüller , Austria
Category and Expertise: War/Conflict|Children|Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: LET THE CHILDREN PLAY initiative is a project in line with international human ethics and the United Nations mission to protect and promote fundamental Rights of the Child by the use of visual means. The aim was by composing iconic photographic and cinematographic images that highlight the plight of thousands of refugee children... The final visual results are achieved through different workshops – where there is a common experience of succeeding and creating together... The implement of the project started since January 2014 at the Zaatari Refugee camp in partnership with the UNHCR to foster sensitivity towards the rights of children and refugee children, especially the children of Syria... 2014 is the 25th anniversary of UN Children Rights…

Story: LET THE CHILDREN PLAY at Zaatari Refugee Camp As the crisis in Syria rages on, an entire generation of children is being shaped by violence, displacement, and a persistent lack of opportunity. UNHCR, together with leading international humanitarian organisations, has launched the „No Lost Generation“ campaign, which builds on the latest evidence of the impact the crisis is having on children, not least through diminished access to education and protection. Previously a stretch of desert, Zaatari now accommodates displaced persons in what has become the second largest refugee camp in the world. Around 100,000 people are living in Zaatari Camp, with the majority of registered Syrian refugees in Jordan being children and youths under the age of 18. The „No Lost Generation“ strategy aims to support the implementation of sustainable activities over the coming years that will provide millions of children affected by the conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey with learning opportunities, a protective environment and opportunities to rebuild their future. LET THE CHILDREN PLAY initiative is a project in line with these international human ethics and the United Nations mission to protect and promote fundamental Human Rights, including the Rights of the Child, by the use of visual means. The young demographic and raw desert environment of the Zaatari refugee camp lends itself strongly to the purpose of composing iconic photographic and cinematographic images that highlight the plight of thousands of refugee children... The methodology used to realise this project focuses on the child throughout the process – the children take part and actively participate in all the activities. PLAY, ACT, ENGAGE,... LEARN: the final visual results are achieved through different workshops – where there is a common experience of succeeding and creating together... Those visual creations found its roots in the iconic symbol of the TREE, its philosophical meanings, its symbolical expression for growth and future but also in the matter no trees growing and offering shade in the dessert environment of Zaatari Refugee Camp… This led to the realization of two real staged photographical compositions “LET THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA GROW HOPE” and “LET THE CHILDREN PLAY AT ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP” working with the children and youths living in the camp so that they became pivotal characters in the final making of the images – over 300 refugee children had been involved in this experience… - and with projects like this, a child experience can become a lifetime memory... The implement of the project started since January 2014 at the Zaatari Refugee camp in partnership with the UNHCR and supported by SAVE THE CHILDREN an IRD produced by PLAY FOUNDATION to foster sensitivity towards the rights of children and refugee children, especially the children of Syria...

About the Artist:

1989 to 1995 studies of photography at the „Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre“, Brussels, Belgium, masters of art / photography in 1995. The multi-disciplinary work of Lukas Maximilian Hüller found its roots in questioning time in photography, leading towards staged story-telling photography and lively visual installation-projects involving real live people. Those project developments are questioning cultural and human values by utilizing photographical means to create illusionary moments – critical and promising at the time. Influences of historic paintings, written communiqués and co-operations with other artists are relevant for Hüllers work. Lukas Maximilian Hueller was born 1969 in Vienna (Austria), works as independent photographer and developer of visual projects... summery exhibits (from 2007) 2014 Palais des Nations, UN, Geneva - LET THE CHILDREN PLAY Kunstforum Wien, Austria - LET THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA GROW HOPE official UNHCR spot at the Film Festival Cannes 2013 BAWAG P.S.K. Contemporary, Austria - Czech Annual Photo Awards, 2nd Prize for Motions - Nomination International Master Cup Colour Photography, Los Angeles 2012 Olympic Games London Africa Village - IOC / UNESCO 8thWorld Conference for Youth and Culture, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2011 Washington DC Photo week USA - United Nations Geneva, Council for Human Rights - Haus der Fotografie, Burghausen, Germany - Winner of Czech Annual Photo Award 2010 MuseumsQuartier Vienna thehumanrightsproject - Brussels European Quarter thehumanrightsproject 2009 Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh USA, group show - National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, group show - Museum for Modern Art Klagenfurt - 2008 Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China - Galeria Llucia Homs, Barcelona, Spain - Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany - Selected for the Saatchi Online Gallery 2007 Photomuseum Antwerpen, Belgium- FotoArtFestival Bielsko-Biala, Poland