Jag tycker jag är vacker

Release and exhibition – We share vocal band

Gah. I’m filled with magic.

On Tuesday the work We share vocal band was released – music by Cornelia Arvidsson and photos by me. For several years I have photographed with Cornelia’s music in my ears. It has been emotional. Very. I’ve listened to the music in a way I’ve never done before.

Our work

When we met, we fell in love in each other’s way of creating music and images. On Tuesday, Cornelia and her band released a vinyl that comes with an accompanying photo book. I’m so proud for this.

Thoughts about the photo book

Vi delar stämband - fotobok
Two main challenges were: 1. Knowing how to photograph and 2. the format. I needed to take the music properly and find a story. At the same time as I’m going to get along with music, I need to dig in myself to interpret what I hear, read and see.

A few words about: Dig in the music

With “we share voice bands” I see a family relationship – you share blood with someone; you share DNA with someone; You have inherited genes. The bans name “Jag tycker jag är vacker” (in Swedish: “I think i’m beautiful”) has helped me questioning and concluding what’s beautiful. And maybe you’ve seen the pictures and think “beautiful – how??”. But beautiful to me is when something is shaped as it is (or as I want it to be).

A few words about: The format

Cornelia texts are fragile, honest and give me a punch in the stomach. In a positive way. I get affected, but strengthened. I wanted to reflect that in the format. Therefore, the newspaper was a way with its crisp and thin paper, transformed by a strong jute band. To see everythign you have to interact with the magazine. Hold it up against a light source or concentrated extra to read the captions. Similarly, I have collaborated with Cornelia’s music. The papers are sewn together and jutebanden has stamped together, with the aim of achieving the feeling of a craft – like music.

Oh, I can talk about “We share vocal bands” forever. Just like all parents can about their children. But I stop here. For now.

Live band with more than music

Wow what live band. I just want more. The biggest happiness was the live performance. I sat there and just enjoyed their music. It goes straight into the bones and moves around. I want to see them live again. You can listen to them here:

/Therese, which is now back on the farm among all the animals and banana trees rustling in the wind

🎷🗞📖 The work is in 100 copies where vinyl and magazine come together (all in Swedish). Send an email to mig or Cornelia to get one for 200 sek.

A service for those who want to speak out

Under arbetet med Vitt mjöl i påsen har det framkommit en oerhört viktigt output: vikten av att prata mental hälsa. Därför arbetar just nu jag och Ylme (den brutalt fulsnygga figuren som kommer att hålla till i tjänsten) på en app som ska ge stöd i möjligheten att få prata ut.

Mitt mål är att den finns på marknaden inom ett par månader.

Vill du vara med i projektet? Eller bara veta mer? Hör av dig på therese@banstrom.se.

During the work of Nothing to hide, an extremely important output has emerged: the importance of speaking mental health. That is why I and Ylme (the brutally beatiful-ugly figure that will be in service) are working on an app that will support the ability to speak out.

My goal is that it is on the market within a couple of months.

Do you want to participate in the project? Or just know more? Email me therese@banstrom.se.

“Shit you down” exhibition

First of all – “Shit you down” is a direct translation from swedish. It means “Fuck off”. But because of the “toilet theme” the word “shit” needs do be with it.

You can see all the pictures within the project through Lokomotiv Bollnäs (a swedish pop-up gallery) as a video installation. It hangs from 26 may to 26 june 2018 on Paviljongen, Folkets park in Bollnäs.


Nothing to hide shown at Kulturhuset

Every year, Kulturhuset has an open call where 100 photographers can show their pictures on a certain surface. This year, it is my turn to show three images from the serie Nothing to hide.

Therese Banström - Fria fotografers filial

Yesterday was a warm opening – both emotionally and warm in the room. The best thing about group exhibitions is to get inspired of other photographers. You can see the exhibition until April 22th.

Thank you for coming, thank you for all the support and thanks for believing in continuing the project. Thank you also for (very unexpected) flowers.

Third time lucky

I remember it as yesterday. But it was ten years ago. I started a blog. Yes, it was ten years ago. And now I’m starting another one. Just because I miss the format – not because I can write.