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  • I’ve seen Copenhagen as a socialist youth leader, visiting headquarters at Blegdamsvej, scared of sleeping in an office so close to Rigshospitalet, since I had just seen Lars von Triers ”Riget”. It was a big city, continental and impossible to find my way in. I saw a dead person for the first time in my life. An unknown at the Central station.

    I’ve seen Copenhagen as a swedish tourist – browsing art museums during the day, drinking beer and walking Strøget up and down, drinking more beer, ending up cheering on the Irish singer at the Nyhavn pub way too enthusiastically. It was a friendly, cheap, alcohol-smelling city. With an absence of rules or morals. So it seemed.

    I’ve seen Copenhagen as an official for a political party. A city full of politicians that I can’t really have interesting conversations with, because danish is too hard to follow. A city with giant marble staircases and chandeliers, friendly smiles, smudged by the underlying issue of why Denmark have become such a racist nation. I’ve seen the right people win an election.

    And now I’ve seen Copenhagen as a representative for illustrators and designers, meeting the equivalents in Denmark. It's a city made out of Arne Jacobsen furniture, and great architechture. It looks fine. And it sort of makes me proud of who I am. Design can do that for you.
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