It matters

When bad things happen we often talk about victims and perpetrators. However, there is often another third party – the observer. The person who observes but perhaps does nothing. If the observer had acted differently, what would have happened then? What role does the observer play?

The exhibition highlights the importance of societal norms and what happens when the norms of society shift. It is about the role of the observer in an abusive or unjust course of events. Why do we sometimes choose to remain passive – and when do we decide to interfere? The exhibition It matters (Spelar roll) is aimed at everyone but perhaps more so at young people as it comes together with an extensive educational programme for Year 7 school children.

Here, the visitor is put to the test. How much moral courage do we have when it really matters? The Museum of World Culture runs educational and supervised workshops for young people while teachers can participate in further training in relation to the theme of this exhibition. The exhibition It matters (Spelar roll) continues the dialogue that the Museum of World Culture has led for many years, that is, understanding why certain circumstances and norms in our society lead to violence, abuse and exclusion.

"It is the little things in life that matters," says Mattias Kästel, Museum Educator. "The norms in our society do not change overnight. Where you and I are right now – this is where we create our society. What you and I do – that is what makes the difference."

"As the educator for the exhibition It matters (Spelar roll), I want to continue this dialogue with our children and young people so as to constantly recreate the concepts of the democratic and sustainable society that we all believe in."