Where to Go and What to See

— Lindsay Sakraida

[[

](http://stateoftheart.popphoto.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/12/18/picture_9.jpg) ](http://stateoftheart.popphoto.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/12/16/picture_9.png)

With the holidays looming, we've again hit a bit of a wall with notable exhibition openings. So in place of the usual listings, I'll highlight a fantastic ongoing exhibit—"The Places We Live"—taking place at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. Photographer Jonas Bendiksen spent years investigating the ever-growing slums of Nairobi, Mumbai, Jakarta, and Caracas. But instead of presenting these environments in a totally bleek way (which would be one-dimensional and expected), Bendiksen emphasizes their humanity by taking lush, empathetic photographs of the families that live there. The most fascinating images are Bendiksen's constructed, 360-degree panoramas of the various abodes. Additionally, the book of the same name was declared one of American Photo's top books of 2008. Should you find your way to the lovely, Scandinavian haven before February 1, 2009, be sure to check it out.

— Lindsay Sakraida

(Photo: © Jonas Bendiksen, courtesy Aperture)