Outdoor vs Indoor


A photographic journey through private and public spaces.
September and October 2015

The project was developed together with Københavnerteamet, a community outreach group, and was part of the larger initiative “Co-creative Social Innovation” funded and initiated by Copenhagen Municipality.

The Concept:

The topic of outdoor and indoor was chosen since the life of young people is usually connoted by contrasts, opposition and constant movement; as such the outdoor and the indoor come to represent these dimensions, which are, at the end of the day, elements of everyone’s life.

These spaces are demarcated by limits and borders, which can shift and become blurry.
However, the decisive factor is the human being who experiences these two spaces and deliberately decides, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s remark, where life has to be hidden and where it has to be shown. Or as Harvey puts it: it is the “human activities performed in that precise space” that give a specific connotation to the space.

The Medium:

Their pictures were shot on black and white film, and they also took part in developing the films in the darkroom. Black and white film was chosen in order to take a different approach to photography than young people are used to from using smartphones: instead of shooting lots of pictures and deleting the bad ones, they were forced to think more carefully about each picture they took.

The Format:

The workshop was held in Københavnerteamet’s rooms in Nørrebro. Each session of the workshop encompassed different activities; as inspiration they were shown examples of the approaches taken by various professional photographers to similar topics, after which they were asked to show the workshop leaders around different places in Nørrebro which have a special meaning for them.
Thereafter they were given the freedom to photograph the private and public spaces which are most important to them.

The Participants:

Meike Ørndrup, who works at Københavnerteamet, selected the five participants. The participants, who primarily live in Nørrebro, come from several different cultural backgrounds.

The results of the workshop were shown on Byens Hegn in Enghaveparken in Vesterbro, in order to take the stories out of their original context and show them in the public space of another part of the city.

The photos could be seen in Enghaveparken until the end of January 2016.

The project, the exhibition and the catalogue were realized thanks to: Københavnerteamet, Metroselskabet, and Københavns Kommunes Billedkunstudvalg.