14 Mar 2019, 12.00 AM

ACCESSABILITY is a powerful photo exhibition on life with disabilities in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates

Emirates Palace, 14-23 March 2019

Inauguration: 13 March at 18.00 hours in the presence of Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, UAE Minister for Community Development and Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

AccessAbility is a photo exhibition by Swedish photographer Markus Marcetic, produced by the Swedish Institute (SI), a public Swedish agency. Portraits and personal accounts of 14 Swedish individuals with different disabilities tell a story of dreams, hope, sorrow, love, family, daily life, work and spare time. Parallel to the Swedish exhibition, a series of 14 portraits of persons with disabilities from the United Arab Emirates, by photographer Victor Besa from the National, are shown together with their stories.  


The 28 portraits and the tales are snapshots of a point in time in Sweden and the UAE for persons of determination. The portraits are powerful and can be summed up in one word: Dignity. To live with dignity, regardless of disability, is a human right according to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“In Sweden we have come a long way regarding equality for disabled people but even more intense efforts are needed. We must stop to look at people with disabilities, or people of determination, as a homogeneous group and start to look at them as individuals with different needs, says Swedish Ambassador Henrik Landerholm.”

The Swedish exhibition has been shown in several capitals around the world with the aim to initiate conversations, change perceptions and strengthen policies.