Featuring: Vincent Tremeau
Presented byUnited Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Curated byCharlotte Cans
“One day, I will be a break-dancer,” says Lorand, a thirteen-year-old girl from Syria who is living in a camp for refugees in Iraq. “People tell me that breakdancing is just for boys, but it doesn’t make sense, as I am much better at it than any of them. My friend Bellal is fifteen, and she dyed her hair blue to rebel against everybody else. We laugh a lot together and talk about the fact that if we keep this up, no boys will want to marry us and we can be free forever.”
Lorand’s story is one of several included as part of One Day, I Will, a photo exhibit by Vincent Tremeau, presented by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
One out of every seventy people in the world lives in a humanitarian crisis, and women and girls are disproportionately affected. This exhibit documents their hopes and dreams. Aged between six and eighteen years old, the girls featured in the images have dressed up to show who they want to be when they grow up, using costumes and props from their immediate surroundings.
Vincent Tremeau, (b. 1984), is a French photographer. Since studying law, he has undertaken several missions as a humanitarian worker in crisis-affected countries.
From 2014, Tremeau has been committed to pursuing work as an independent photographer, and started documenting several humanitarian crises across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Combining an artistic approach with a documentary intent, he started his One Day, I Will project with young people.
By tapping into the childrens’ own vision of their future, he offers the audience a unique glimpse into their current circumstances and challenges, and a view into what tomorrow’s world might look like.
The series has been featured in National Geographic, CNN, PBS, and exhibited around the world from New York to Tokyo, Berlin, Geneva, and Washington DC.
Every day, humanitarians around the world do everything they can to save more lives, and better protect women and girls trapped in crises. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) helps humanitarian organizations deliver assistance and advocates for people affected by conflict and natural disasters.