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.
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