“We could laugh at it as we normally do when we talk abut Sweden, because their ideological discussions seem almost comical, but this is really serious,” commented Mikael Javling. “Sweden is a country where politicians, the media, the cultural elite – everyone, really that has something to say [about integration issues, ed] — is under severe pressure due to immigration and current issues.”
Javling added that “I can understand how minorities in Malmö might have seen this as a Blackface project, but it is everything else but that. It is very hard to be accused of doing something that is the exact opposite of its intention.”
Strangely enough, the Malmo Festival showcased “Through Different Eyes” last year without controversy. Per Nielsen, the project was only cancelled because it featured a photo of a man with his skin darkened.