The artists situate their project in a discourse on the narrative that Norway tells herself regarding tolerance, equality and human rights. They argue that the project is part of an honest conversation about race and Norway’s unpleasant past. They held a conference in February in which they featured talks about systematic racism, "The Terrible Beauty of Hindsight", and "The Origins of the "'Regime of Goodness'". They legitimately ask: "How do we confront a neglected aspect of the past that still contributes to our present?"Critics are not impressed, with some worried about the impact on Norwegians of colour:
Rune Berglund, head of Norway’s Anti-Racism Centre says that “the only people who will like this are those with racist views. This is something children with African ancestry will hear about and will find degrading. I find it difficult to see how this project could be done in a dignified manner.”While others, as DRC born Muauke B Munfocol explains, are convinced that:
"Once again, the black body will be prepped, scripted and presented to a white gaze. Africans will once again be subjected to a humiliating and dehumanising racialized public spectacle. Slavery and colonialism was and still is a show.Coverage of this plan has spread outside of Norway, with most the coverage (e.g. Guardian) being negative as you might expect.
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