In recent decades, the Nordic welfare model has become an example for many Western countries from both Europe and elsewhere in the world. Some even seek to imitate or adapt the panacea of its public policies within their own borders. The cross of St. Olaf present on all Scandinavian flags, or the eight-feathered swan used as the symbol of the Nordic Council, denote the strong feeling of brotherhood and cooperation between the Nordic countries. Although there are differential nuances, they all have a shared identity and common values, as well as close cultural and historical ties.
"NORDEN" is a long-term documentary project developed by OAK stories that seeks to address in depth all the contrasts and contradictions that are generated around countries popularly considered as idyllic. "Norden" is a Nordic term used not only to refer to this specific geographical area, but also as an allusion to cultural and social affinities among the countries of the region.
We will document the Nordic reality in a rigorous, realistic and pioneering way, for this reason we will put the magnifying glass on all the members of the Nordic Council: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Aland.
Although they present differential nuances that undoubtedly need to be highlighted, all these nations have a certain shared identity and common values, as well as close cultural and historical links. Due to this premise, the only approach that made sense was to frame the whole 'norden' in a large transversal project, divided into eight chapters (one for each country), which would show the lights and shadows in each one of these societies.
Every individual chapter will be carried out by a different team, to deepen even further into the idea of heterogeneity, offering a cohesive visual narrative but at the same time distinctive. All the photojournalistic approaches will be treated -and will work once finalized- independently, respecting the identity of each country, but delving into the parallels and visible differences within the global context that unifies them.
During the next few years we will travel to these countries to develop a complete radiography of each of the Nordic societies, as well as the difficulties and challenges that their citizens face. Identity, tradition and religion falter and fade before waves of immigration from very diverse origins; The economy, politics and security is threatened and reconfigured by the inexorable passage of time, and the paradigm changes that it brings with him.
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