Project “White Rage” – 94 pages in VG Helg magazine
March 19, 2017
For the last year, I have been traveling around Europe together with reporter Ronny Berg and Stian Eisenträger in VG Helg magazine, working on a project documenting people on the far right side.
We have spent months researching and contacting people and organizations, trying to get access to them. Several hundred e-mails, messages, requests, waiting and getting people to trust us resulted in the project “White Rage”.
I have traveled to 14 countries in Europe, many of them I returned to over and over again. We have met people loyal to fascism, to neo-nazism, people in the identitarian movements, right wing people in parliaments and members of extreme groups, among others. From Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia to Greece, Italy, France, Germany and the UK, everywhere I travelled I wanted to spend time with the people, get into their lives and we wanted to talk and listen to them.
We had many questions, one of the most important: What drives them and why do they hate? In a Europe that the last few years has experienced a migrant crisis, slow economic growth and growing disillusionment with the European Union, far-right parties have been achieving electoral success in several nations. This has been the backdrop for the project “White Rage”.
On Saturday “White Rage” was published as a whole magazine. At the same time a internet series with 24 chapters was released at VG+, containing stories, photos and videos. In the week leading up to the release, VG published several short stories on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.
The Medier24 news site and Journalisten magazine have published articles explaining more about the project (in Norwegian). A wider selection of my work is on my website.