How does hate xenophobia look? What drives a person to scratch a swastika into the forehead of someone else and throw him into a well? And why do we need to see him?

From June 6. until June 16. 2019 my project White Rage will be at the Copenhagen Photo Festival as a solo exhibition, under the theme Framing Identity

White Rage is a highly current and controversial project by Norwegian photographer and photo editor Espen Rasmussen. It is geographically far-reaching and comprehensive visual exploration of xenophobia and the individual mechanisms and motives which make people turn hate into actions.

With this series, Espen Rasmussen shows us human beings who we rarely see in the media. Humans who increasingly are gaining more power, from the U.S. to Hungary, from Norway to Ukraine. 

“It is important to hear the voices that we don´t normally get to hear – of course through critical questioning. It is important to let them come up to the surface, instead of letting it grow in the dark.” – Espen Rasmussen.

“The photographs of Espen Rasmussen incapsulates the complexity of hate – a complexity which is hard to communicate through words alone. We get to peek into individuals situations and we get to see what despair and poverty really looks like, across country borders.” 

“Hereby, we also have new images in our minds for the next time we hear about xenophobia in the news – an expanded understanding, as one might say. That´s why White Rage is a great example of photojournalism at its best.” Says festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen about the choice of Espen Rasmussen´s series. 

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