Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now

24.10.2019 – 29.02.2020 Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas
03.12 – 08.12.2019 ArtHall D12, Kiev
04.12.2019 – 22.03.2020 Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, Genève
13.12.2019 – 05.01.2020 CaixaForum, Madrid
08.01 – 15.01.2020 Apteka Sztuki Gallery, Varsovie
23.10 – 12.11.2020 Galicia Jewish Museum, Cracovie
15.11 – 31.12.2020 Senado de la República, Mexico
24.05 – 11.06.2021 Delegates Entrance, UN Building, New York
29.07 – 31.12.2021 Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago
20.09 – 19.10.2021 Fire Station Art Gallery, Doha
02.10 – 31.10.2021 Maison franco-japonaise and Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo
04.10 – 15.10.2021 Moynihan Plaza, Washington D.C
07.10 – 29.10.2021 Musée de la Chancellerie, Mexico City
16.10.2021 – 28.02.2022 Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.
20.10 – 24.10.2021 Festival Cultural Ceiba, Tabasco
18.11 – 22.11.2021 Katara Cultural Village, Doha
23.11 – 26.11.2021 Landmark Mall, Doha
28.11 – 01.12.2021 Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha
02.12 – 06.12.2021 Qatar Red Crescent Society QRCS, Doha
25.01 – 24.02.2022 Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh
02.04 – 02.04.2022 Meiji Shrine Hall, Tokyo, Japan
09.06 – 18.06.2022 Cox's Bazar Art Club, Bangladesh

How can art help us understand Humanitarian Principles?

As part of a collaboration with Swiss Humanitarian Aid and in conversation with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Photo Elysée gave a carte blanche to ten artists from French-speaking Switzerland to create a new film, sharing their vision of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality and Independence. By means of these original shorts, the artists examine the impact of the Humanitarian Principles from a fresh, local and contemporary perspective.

Travelling exhibition

Following Photo Elysée’s successful collaboration with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the exhibition Jean Mohr. War from the Victim’s Perspective (which was presented in 59 venues in 25 countries throughout the world), Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now is a 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.

Swiss Embassies throughout the world will have the chance to present Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now in their local context, with every presentation of the contemporary art installation translated into the local language and held in a venue that is open to all publics and free of charge. As such, this project represents an important opportunity to showcase the work of Swiss artists in many countries.


Rebecca Bowring,
Mark Henley,
Cyril Porchet,
Laurence Rasti,
Virginie Rebetez,
Manon Wertenbroek,
Caroline Etter,
Yann Gross,
Sarah Carp,
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond


Photo Elysée, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ICRC wish to express their deep gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the realisation of this project. Special thanks go to the artists for their enthusiasm and commitment to this project. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all humanitarian workers around the world for putting their own lives at risk to help the people affected by natural disaster and armed conflict.

Project Conception: Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pascal Hufschmid
Project Coordinator: Hannah Pröbsting
Education Expert: Afshan Heuer


This project is the result of a partnership between the Photo Elysée and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in conversation with the ICRC.