A Question of Honor

Shortlist 2020

Andreas Haubjerg & Laura Bisgaard Krogh

Laura Bisgaard Krogh and Andreas Haubjerg are Danish photojournalists based in Aarhus and Copenhagen, Denmark. They study a BA in Photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Through in-depth visual storytelling, they make personal stories on issues regarding human rights and living conditions with a focus on youth and identity.

The Problem

A Question of Honor

   There is a home with no address somewhere on a deserted road in Jutland, Denmark. The authorities call the residence a Safehouse, even though it looks like any other house. 

   In reality, it is a secure residence with surveillance cameras and tinted windows. Its purpose – to protect a group of teenage girls from honour-related conflicts. Authorities define them as various forms of social control or a particular code of honour imposed on them by their families. Girls in these families are at risk of being sent on a re-education to a home country they've never been to; might be pressured into forced marriage or abusive punishments such in the form of incarcerating at home or even physical violence. In the most extreme cases, the consequences of such honour-related conflicts can be fatal.

   These girls are in a tension-field between fear of negative social control at home and love for their family. At Safehouse, they attempt to create their own identity and trying to have an ordinary teenage life.