moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark, aarhus, aarhus2017

Dock workers – Denmark

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So, as I’ve mentioned before, the ethnographic collection of Moesgaard Museum contains a large collection of photographs and film clips from around the world, and the department of Visual Anthropology is working very closely with the museum on expanding and utilising the collection.

Today, I would like to share a little bit of the visual work that I’ve done along with two of my brilliant fellow students – Aurora Brekke and Christine Svop. Last semester we were fortunate enough to get a chance to dive into a culture which was at once very close to and very far from our own.

First a little background: The city of Aarhus (in which we are located) has a huge industrial harbour, which during the past 40-50 years has been moved still further away from the city itself in pace with the industrialisation of the shipping industry. For the workers employed at the harbour this shift has had a massive impact – from a time when they had to manually load and unload the ships, today containers and cranes have been taking over the heavy loads.

Through our film “Dock – Worker – Water” we took a dive into the community of the dock workers, meeting both current and retired dockers, and getting an insight into their strong community spirit. By the use of archival material we try to present viewers with a small glimpse into the industrial development and its impact for the many people who are, and have been, employed there.

So without further ado, I would like to invite you to lean back (maybe grab a beer) and watch the film.

// Emma Louise Pedersen


Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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