Don't Be Afraid - 2017

Gera's portrait of Tess Asplund is located at a well suited location in Athens, at the Athens School of Law.  Tess Asplund stood up to 300 neo-Nazis in Sweden in the hope her gesture would draw attention to the fight against racism in the Scandinavian country.

Tess Asplund tried to block the path of the Nordic Resistance Movement as the right-wing extremist group marched in the town of Borlange on 1st May 2016.

An image of Ms Asplund facing the neo-Nazis up close with a clenched fist has been shared thousands of times on social media in Sweden and internationally.

The 42-year-old anti-racism activist told Swedish Radio her defiant gesture was inspired by the late Nelson Mandela, who fought against apartheid in South Africa.

"I felt when they arrived that they shouldn't be here and spread their hate," Ms Asplund said. "I don't think I was even thinking. I just jumped out. Things happened quite quickly. Then a police officer pulled me away."

Created on January 1, 1970
Νομική Σχολή Αθηνών, Solonos, Athens, Greece
Hunted by Beatrice Beladi.
Pictures by Alexandros Gardelis‎.

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Date created1970-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
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