Jennie Gunhammer: Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond
Text by Laura Noble.
Pushing the tradition of family photography past traditional boundaries, in Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond London-based Swedish photographer Jennie Gunhammer presents an intimate portrait of her identical twin sister, Jess, and Jess' partner, Stan, who suffer from lupus (SLE) and Parkinson's disease, respectively. Capturing the couple in bed together and alone, surrounded by medicines, ephemera and the daily debris of life, Gunhammer's photographs explore the ways in which this strangely compelling couple negotiate differences in age and background, even as they attempt to disengage from social pressures and fixed stereotypes of who they are and what roles they occupy in society. Moreover, the photographs challenge stale assumptions about, health, illness and the human body by documenting the experience of actually living with chronic illness.
Documentary photographer Jennie Gunhammar was born 1975 in Vakjo, Sweden. She lives and works in London.