In a twist of irony, Danish art project Through Different Eyes, which was supposedly designed to combat racial discrimination, was accused of racial discrimination, according to The Local.
“Through Different Eyes,” a performance project by Copenhagen company Global Stories, reportedly altered the appearances of people who participated so they could assume another race or gender. The exhibition then invited participants to walk around in public to see how people would react to their new skin color or sex.
According to the project’s leader, the project was designed to celebrate uniqueness.
“This is a project that celebrates diversity,” said Morten Nielsen, “We work with make-up artists and provide all kinds of transformations: from white to brown, brown to white, man to woman, and woman to man. We are also looking in to transforming from young to old to address the age discrimination.”
Local Swedes didn’t see it that way, though. More than 200 signed a petition demanding the project’s removal from the Malmo Festival, with organizers officially terminating “Through Different Eyes” Sunday.
“We apologize if people feel aggrieved and we have taken the criticism seriously. This part of the programme took an unexpected turn and we have decided to cancel it,” said organizer Pella Strom on the festival website.
However, one Danish historian had a more negative take on the project’s cancellation, implying it interferes with freedom of expression.