One step closer (Ett Steg Närmare)
2019-Ongoing 


triptych 1, 2020

triptych 2, 2020


One step closer

The project "One Step Closer” started as series of self-portraits where I explored my personal feelings and questions around identity after I retired. That portion of the project culminated in a book called One Step Closer (Ett Steg Närmare) exhibited at Galleri Axel in Stockholm spring 2019.

In my continued exploration on the subject of aging through photography, I’ve merged my own experiences with a more broad focus on how the aging female body is made invisible in society and media in general. As highlighted by Maria Edström’s essay Visibility patterns of gendered ageism in the media buzz: a study of the representation of gender and age over three decades “Although more than 25 percent of Swedish citizens are over 60 years you rarely see them, men or women, in advertisement or other public messaging”. Rendering the elderly invisible is a democratic problem as it limits how we understand aging which is a significant part of our lives.

By portraying my own vulnerability and questions around aging in a sincere way I hope to open the conversation around this topic.

* Edström, Maria; Visibility patterns of gendered ageism in the media buzz: a study of the representation of gender and age over three decades (Feminist Media Studies 2018).



One Step Closer (Ett Steg Närmare), 2019







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