We first discovered this work after it was submitted to the Visual Storytelling Awards 2014. Although it was not chosen as a finalist by the jury, the editors of LensCulture were impressed and decided to publish this feature article about it. Enjoy!

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. 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. These images are a raw, yet poetic, look at life. She looks for beauty, strength, and pride where you would not always expect to find it.

“I deliberately put myself in situations that make me vulnerable. It makes me remember what it’s like to have pictures taken of yourself,” Gullberg says. “That again helps me uncover the traces that bind us together.”

—Kajsa Gullberg

by Kajsa Gullberg
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing