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Feb 01, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020

Social Justice in Contemporary Danish Photojournalism

Opening as a companion to the National Nordic Museum’s forthcoming Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives exhibition, Legacy: Social Justice in Contemporary Danish Photojournalism unveils three contemporary Danish photographers passionately exploring issues of social justice in a global context through their work. Selections from Lasse Bak Mejlvang’s visceral series Air Like Poison reflect the public consequences of global cities gripped by unacceptable levels of air pollution. Sofie Amalie Klougart’s award-winning Reaching Europe chronicles the plight of African migrants who have made it to the shores of Europe, only to be detained indefinitely in a Sicilian reception center with no certain future. Former social worker Magnus Cederlund’s Skin Close highlights his meticulous documentation of homelessness in Copenhagen spanning over 20 years. These striking and powerful images highlights each artist’s commitment to cause; their work and values inspired by the legacy of pioneer Danish photojournalist Jacob Riis.

March 7, 2–3pm: Gallery Talk with Magnus Cederlund and Lasse Bak Mejivang

Header photos courtesy of Magnus Cederlund.
First gallery photo courtesy of Sofie Amalie Klougart. 
Second gallery photo courtesy of Lasse Bak Mejlvang.

Legacy: Social Justice in Contemporary Danish Photojournalism has been generously supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Ministry of Culture, Denmark.
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Special thanks to our media sponsors, Cascade Public Media/Crosscut.
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A homeless Danish man stares at the camera, eyes wide and stare vacant. He's exposed in a harsh flash and casts shadows on the red and white Danish flag behind him. He has long blonde hair and a blonde beard and wears a knit cap and several layers of coats and sweaters.



One person standing in a black track suit in an indoor gymnasium that has been converted into a detention center
Two men sitting in a bus or RV