“The Key” – Photo Exhibition
In January 2019, we presented the photo exhibition “The Key” with photos by acclaimed photographer Romney Müller-Westernhagen at ESMT Berlin. She portrayed Kofi Annan as well as 14 recipients of the Kofi Annan Fellowships.
The exhibition raised awareness of the importance of education all over the world and continued Kofi Annan’s legacy to promote education as “The Key” to progression, both academically and spiritually. The women and men on display were inspiring young graduates from renowned business schools in Berlin, Geneva, Istanbul, Den Haag, and Leipzig. The exhibition showcased the outstanding scholastic achievements during their time in Europe as well as their plans and goals upon returning to their home countries. The exhibition has been curated by Uli Wilms (architect) and Sean St. Lewis (curator).
About the Kofi Annan Fellowship
The Kofi Annan Business School Foundation provides fellowships for talented and motivated emerging leaders from developing countries, allowing them to obtain a master’s degree in Europe. Fellows commit to return to their home country or region and contribute to the development of the local or regional economy after completion of their studies. The fellowship covers full tuition fees as well as a stipend for living expenses.
It's been said a portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it. Romney Mueller-Westernhagen (RMW) is keenly aware of the need for photographer and subject to connect and get between the shirt and the skin to the truth. "Everyone has a secret. I try to discover it".
It's one thing to capture what a person looks like – it's another to show who they are. RMW's photographs have been seen in several exhibitions, including a solo show at CAMERA WORK, Berlin. Published works include her book PORTRAITS from Steidl Publishing as well as in the artwork of numerous albums and multiple US and German publications.
Based between New York, Germany, and the world RMW enjoys the privilege of capturing the beauty of individuals across the globe.