MELLANKOMST / SE

Johan Melander - En flytande historia

Who owns the rights to a story? When does good intention turn into exploitation of the suffering of others? The choice not to tell can be made because of lack of courage, but also because of respect.

It started with the Norwegian minister floating in the Mediterranean Sea. With outstretched arms and legs in a big protective orange floating suit. Orange contrasted with a clear blue ocean. The image gives an impression of peacefulness. The meditative calmness of the image must be considered to represent the complete opposite of what it originally intended to mediate.

Many jokes have been made over this image. Perhaps the failure of a political publicity stunt unintentionally created questions about representation.