Cannes, France – April 2013
If you want to draw a better world, you need a lot more than a sketch pad and an appetite for traveling, you need the big medias that can inspire and move millions of people all around the world, so me and my partners went to MIP TV in Cannes.
Hong Kong – 1997
I was there on the historic night when England handed Hong Kong back to China. I even spent the last night before the handover walking the streets looking at the bare bodied workers preparing the newspapers and vegetables for the next day.
Sumatra – 2006
I have been an environmentalist since 1991 when I read Thor Heyerdahls book ”Green was the Earth on the seventh day”. During my years in Asia I have witnessed many enviro-crimes and here is one of them:
We drove for hours through the farmland of central Sumatra and then into the jungle. As we approached our destination, the jungle turned into a uniform pattern of large straight palm trees planted in straight lines as if drawn by a humongous ruler. I asked my indonesian friends what this was all about. ”It’s a palm oil forest”, they replied ”they clear the jungle to plant oil palms”.
New York, 1987
When I walked on top of the World Trade Center in NYC in 1987 I hadn’t in my wildest dreams imagined what was going to happen some years later. I was just enjoying the spectacular view and the exitement of being a young artist from a little village in Norway getting to know Manhattan for the first time.
One of the striking things about Jakarta is the striking contrast between the tall skyscrapers with rich people high up and the poor people in shacks low down. They exist on the same spot, but on different vertical levels.
In 1996 I sat in front of Aung San Suu Kyi as she gave one of her regular saturday afternoon speeches (at least according to my memory it was Saturday afternoon). From behind the large iron gates she delivered a passionate and energetic speech.