|How to get here|
Today I had 5 girls very subtly interrogate me, 'We don't want to write today we want to talk'. 'Ok, what about?' 'Where are you from?' asks the Eritrean girl. 'Do you have a boyfriend?' asks the Serbian troublemaker with an innocent smile. 'I'm in the handball team, do you also play sports?' says the Somalian-Togolese eyes bright, waiting for me to step into the minefield that is a mental posse of pre-pubescent girls. Sometimes the questions ask something else, 'do you also play sports' might mean 'are we alike in some small way?'
The Tunnel Visions project is work but its mainly on the kids terms, its after school, they come when they can, we sit in a colorful caravan in what is Denmark's low income area and invite them into a world of art and words and music. I still don't know if them bicycle riding Danish folks are the happiest people in the world but in what is admittedly not the favellas but is here seen as the ghetto Mothers who I suspect can little afford to coddle generosity send their sons back at the end of a day's work to give us cookies. After school programs and youth centers give us a place to sit and talk or plan our day and Peter Campbell Bensted leads a team of committed writers (Brandon Lewis/Juse One -USA and Nicolas/Olas-DK are amazing artists) who partly because they are so talented know (how) to leave room for the kids in their process. What they could finish in a day they allow to happen over time so the children can find themselves in the work, literally see their effort and by extension themselves occupying space. Loudly and legally. We all agree this is about the children first. And last. Anything in-between, including weather preferences and open sandwiches, is up for negotiation.
I have a couple of obligations that I'm looking forward to honoring both here and in Germany between now and the end of May and a by-then well earned holiday (with a little bit of work thrown in) coming up in June but for now here are a few Danish moments
|First day involved voluntarily helping my host's daughter, a local photography student, take shots for her assignment on the beach|
|There is a fair amount of graffiti in Copenhagen. Some as old as 30 years|
|Brandon and Peter with some of the kids|
|With the kids just outside the culture caravan|
|Part of the Freedom tunnel|
Lots of updates over the coming weeks. For now, be good.