In Unravelled, Kajsa Gullberg looks at the marks that life makes on us – both the physical and the psychological. Gullberg combines images of women bearing scars on their bodies with those of the natural world – hinting at both a sense of inevitability and our unrealistic dreams of perfection. These women expose themselves, putting on display what our culture seeks to forget – the imperfect, the ugly and the embarrassing. And yet we need to be loved as we are. Unravelled is made in the hope that the viewer will come to love themselves a little bit more.
The expressive qualities of Gullberg’s work are both intimate and edgy. Her viewers are given a raw, yet poetic, look at life. She looks for beauty, strength and pride where you would not always expect to find it. Gullberg says “I deliberately put myself in situations that make me vulnerable. It makes me remember what it’s like to have pictures taken of yourself. That again helps me uncover the traces that bind us together.”
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1977, Kajsa Gullberg has lived and worked in Copenhagen, Denmark since 1996. Educated both as a photographer and graphic designer, she has published two books: Familealbum (2007) and Eyecatcher (2009). She has exhibited in New York and Berlin as well as at various galleries in France, Sweden and Denmark. She has also lectured and held workshops in Denmark, Sweden and Russia and has been a supervisor at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Her daughter Olivia was born in 2004.