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Malmö art gallery under fire for poverty installation

Visitors browse an exhibition at the Malmö Konsthall.
Visitors browse an exhibition at the Malmö Konsthall. Image by Sigfrid Lundberg / CC BY-SA 2.0

An art gallery in Sweden has come under fire for ‘objectifying’ poverty in a new exhibition. The controversial art installation at Malmö Konsthall sees two beggars from the Roma community sitting in thick clothing, while not being allowed to talk to gallery visitors. Critics say the installation is no better than an ‘ethnological exhibition’, while officials say the pair are being paid fairly for the work, which they say aims to ‘encourage Swedes to reflect on growing inequality in their country’. Read more: thelocal.se