Verner, 2 weeks old
There is an open mind spirit is free in the rainbow home, and a smellscent of home- baked bread fills the homeair.
Big brother Viggo at, age age 3, years is dressing up in everything from dresses to a clown costume. New born Verner is newly born and is athe product from of a match between a Danish gay homosexualgay couple and a Danish single lesbian woman. ”We found each other over through a website and four bottles of crémant”, says the father to of Verner - Jesper Balsløv Fransén.
The parents live apart but see each other as often as possible.
I myself moved into the neighbourhood two years ago. Together along with my girlfriend, I represent the creative social class. Marianne is a PhD and researcher and wants to be called spouse, not wife. We got were married on a trip to Hawaii and we have no children. We eat out often, and buy organic and preferably local products preferably from local. Our friends also grew up outside the city as well; and Vesterbro draws us all in.
One hundred metres. For Ib, this was the furthest the distance was not longer tohe ever moved from the city block of his childhood home. He died in a hospital bed in a hospital on the fifth floorr. Here This was where Ib and Rigmor Byø shared a life. Rigmor was is from the island Lolland and was six years old and from the suburb Lolland, when she moved to an apartment in the same apartment hallwaystairwell as Ib. They play became great friends together. ”We had discussions, but we never argued in our marriage because we accepted each other”,” says Rigmor, at 74 years old. They shared an apartment they shared the same air from their youthyoung years years tothrough the years of the sanitation urban renewal and to until their Golden 50th Wedding anniversary. Before the cancer pushed the air out ofovercame Ib, he enjoyed to standing on the new balcony, where he could wave to three generations of his family generations.
The Kurd’s Canaries
Until the pop duo Nik and Jay moved away from Vesterbro, they were regulars in the salon. Chemal Hussein Rashid is a Kurd from Iraq, and he is well known c and as a hairdresser in the neighbourhood most people know him. During the his work breaks from work, Chemal match bets on sports matches and looks after his Canariebirds in the back room of the salon. He lets them are let out of the cage to stretch their wings.
Breaking the social ladder
1975 was the year of the first home born birth in the free town Christiania. Sofie Nørregaard was born in Fredens Ark (The Peace Ark). Both her parents experimented with drugs and alcohol and eventually, they died of it. ”The idea of living in Vesterbro among drug addicts and prostitutes was very foreign to me, but I fell in love with an apartment across the street from Mændenes Hjem (The Mens’ Shelter),” Sofie Nørregaard says. Today, she is a clothes designer and owns her own shop.
Several years in a row Monocle has ranked Copenhagen among the most liveable cities. Gentrification is sweeping through cities around the world, but in an enclave of the Danish Capital, a social spirit still exists that resists change. An enclave exists in surburb of the Danish Capital with a social spirit that defies change. Gentrification is sweeping major cities around the world. No longer a redlight district Vesterbro’s Istedgade has been cleaned up somewhat. But what will the change bring? On the streets of Vesterbro in this neighbourhood, you will find a child that came to the world through an contact classified ad. Here you also find lives the adult version of the first person to be home bornhome born in free-town Christiania,. A Kkurdish refugee with a hair salon, and a ceramic artist who keepspreserves memories of her son. Nearby, a sweet heart couple who have been sweethearts since childhood lives in a different building until death will does them part.
The door to the backstairs
Michelle Forchhammer’’s son drew an ostrich in white chalk on the door, before he moved out of his childhood home. Today, he is grown up, but the drawing is still there. Every horizontal surface in the little home is occupied with objects - figurines, a ceramic crow, and a sword that belonged to the little boy.
The woman is a metre and a half tall, and walks down Istedgade to get her hair cut. Her style is cropped and precise. It’’s the same every month.
The images are edited from a vast material that was made for a cultural project in the city of Copenhagen to commemorate the urban renovation of Istedgade, an historic redlight district, located in Vesterbro.
ART PROJECTION INSIDE OUT ISTEDGADE
Visual artist Hanne Lise Thomsen commissioned me to visit and photograph in 40 apartments between 2014 and 2015. The project was funded by The Danish Arts Foundation and The City of Copenhagen and shown over four nights in September 2015. The fasade of Gasværksvejen School was a canvas to four 15-meter high images with 20,000 lumen video projectors.