Equality Manifesto

Georgiana is from Romania. She says: “Denmark believes in equality”. She means that this is the reasons why the Danes look so anonymous. She likes the Danes’ fondness for neutral colours and natural materials. The mask I gave her is a very silent mask. It’s made out of knitted, undyed wool and can be hold like a placard in a demonstration. It’s nice and soft, but also silently demonstrative and white.

Indvielsen - Equality Manifesto
Indvielsen – Equality Manifesto

Decades of communism in Romania made us long for
colours. So now people in Romania love bright colourful clothes, even if they’re dyed with cheap pigments. Here in Denmark, colours look expensive. They’re sophisticated, subtle, and natural-looking.
The Danes are all dressed in black, because they believe in equality.
In Romania, girls use a lot of make-up to attract men.
Danish women do not : they don’t dress for men.”

Indvielsen - Equality Manifesto
Indvielsen – Equality Manifesto

 


 

How would you describe the way people dress here in Denmark, compared to your own country?

In Romania the girls dress to get men’s attention. They use a lot of make-up and jewellery. I don’t think that the Danish women dress for men.
Decades of communism in Romania made us long for
colours. So now people in Romania love bright colourful clothes, even if they’re dyed with cheap pigments. Here in Denmark, colours look expensive. They’re sophisticated, subtle, and natural-looking.
Romanians buy a lot of cheap clothes of poor quality.
But we’ve also managed to keep nice needlework traditions. My grandmother has embroidered a shirt for me, for example. She’s very proud of it, and I still have it.

Have you changed your own way of dressing since you arrived in Denmark?

Yes, I changed my consumption’s habits. I started to buy less cheap clothes of poor quality, and rather invest in few pieces of higher quality.

How would you say the average Dane looks like?

The Danes are all dressed in black, because they believe in equality.


-Georgiana, Romania