Portraits of migration – Sweden beyond the headlines

Kindly note that after 1 November 2019 it will no longer be possible to apply for this toolkit. 

Migration is old news. It has helped shape countries and the world. But the current situation is unprecedented: more than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes. Migration is also an integral part of the history of Sweden; in today’s population, one in six was born in another country.

This three part toolkit exhibition aims to add new perspectives to the story of Sweden and migration, and to give insights into the current situation in the country. Beyond headlines of chaos and collapse, beyond politics and public authorities, there are people who try to build a life in a new country.

The toolkit contains three parts that can be shown separately or as one bigger exhibition:

  1. Portraits of migration. A photo exhibition by photographer Alexander Mahmoud portraying 20 swedes that have come to Sweden seeking asylum some time over the last 40 years.
  2. Sweden beyond the headlines. A text and image exhibition presenting some of the many grass root organisations and initiatives in Sweden working towards an integrated society.
  3. 8 infographics on Sweden and migration and/or a banner/table cloth with a migration time line.

Building blocks

1. Portraits of migration

Texts and content
Exhibition overview with texts, images and display order
Texts in the exhibition for translation (English) (Swedish)
All of the portraits on Sweden.se

Exhibition material
Caption signs for print (35*35 cm)
Introduction sign (80*200 cm)

Exhibition catalogue
Exhibition catalogue (Swedish/English).
Please contact SI if you wish to order the English version or produce a local language version.

2. Sweden beyond the headlines

Exhibition overview and print file (English) (50*70 cm signs)
Texts in the exhibition for translation (English)

3. Infographics on Sweden and migration

Print file for the 8 infographics (60×40 cm)
Time line over Swedish migration to be printed as a table cloth or tapestry (400*80 cm)

Press material

Press kit
Flyers/invitation cards (A5)
Marketing posters (50*70 cm)
Q&A on Sweden and migration (English) (Swedish)

Films for social media use is included in the presskit link above

Local additions

Consider collecting local stories through social media or by using a local photographer/journalist. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has collected many stories from many different countries and they are happy to show them in connection to this exhibition. See all stories here and contact SI if you want to collaborate with IOM in showing their stories.

Inspirational stories

See the world premiere of Portraits of migration at the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, Estonia in May 2017.


Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition

Preview of how the full exhibition can be displayed (part 1,2 and 3)
Preview of how the Portraits of migration exhibition can be displayed (part 1 and 3)

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the exhibition (including production of a local addition), language translations and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

Kindly note that after 1 November 2019 it will no longer be possible to apply for this toolkit. 

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Fuad Haidar.