Sweden is beyond parody.

Leave it up to dough headed Swedes to provide a warm spot for pan-handlers to pry money from people, instead of placing a broom in their hands or showing them to a job seeker’s office.

Beggars ‘objectified’ at Malmö exhibition

Beggars 'objectified' at Malmö exhibition

Roma migrants who have swapped the streets for an art gallery. Photo: Albin Balthasar

Published: 30 Jan 2015 16:40 GMT+01:00

The workers, who are a couple, appear dressed in thick clothes and are not allowed to talk to visitors of Malmö Konsthall, one of the city’s biggest art exhibition centres.

The pair, Luca Lacatus and Marcella Cheresi, were spotted begging on the streets of Malmö by the project’s organisers who say they decided to turn them into an exhibit designed to encourage Swedes to reflect on growing inequality in their country, which is set to experience record immigration in 2015.

But the project has whipped up a storm since it got underway earlier this week, with many critics accusing the gallery of “objectifying” poverty.

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