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Maja Daniels June 29, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Denmark.
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Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009

Maja Daniels (b. 1985, Sweden) is a freelance photographer currently based in London. Having studied journalism, sociology and photography, she produces work that focuses on social documentary and portraiture with an emphasis on human relations in their contemporary environment. Her work has been published in the Guardian Weekend (UK), Les Inrockuptibes (FR), Vagabond (SWE) and she has collaborated with various french institutions as well as the European Commission. Her recently completed series “Into Oblivion” was shortlisted for the 2010 PhotoVisura Grant for an Outstanding Personal Photography Project. Maja is represented by Picturetank in Paris.

About the Photograph:

I went to photograph the community of Christiana  in the build-up of the 2009 climate summit. Ruled outside of conventional law and order, Christiania is a self-proclaimed Freetown, governed by its own organization. The Freetown attracts around one million visiting tourists every year since it has become a pertinent and rare example of an alternative domestic organisation. It is the longest existing alternative society in the western world. Founded in 1971 by a group of hippies, its inhabitants of around 900 people are currently facing an existential and property rights crisis. This social experiment will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2011 but the The Danish Eastern High Court recently decided that the government is within its powers to re-assert control over the area. This might mean that great changes are due to be enforced on the Christianites who might have to face having their houses demolished or be forced to purchase their residencies at current market values.”

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