Sanne Derks

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Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Biography: Sanne Derks is a documentary photojournalist and anthropologist from Arnhem, the Netherlands. During her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (2009) on how Bolivian women deal with gender, ethnic and class inequality within Marian devotion, she became... MORE
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Consolation
Copyright Sanne Derks 2022
Date of Work Oct 2019 - Dec 2019
Updated Dec 2019
Topics Documentary, Health/Healing, Illness, Photography
CONSOLATION
What at first seemed some innocent inconveniences of the human body, turned into a scenario of life or death. Unexpectedly my partner got the message he had a tumour in his small intestine. Both me and my partner suddenly entered an acute existential crisis, a trajectory of hospital examinations, numerous inadequate thoughts, worries, fears and insecurities. In search for consolation I started to photograph him during this process. The camera helped me to look with a different eye and construct something beautiful out of all pain and difficulty. In nature and small gestures we found comfort and relief from our disastrous minds. It helped us gain a better grip on the situation, paradoxally, as we learned that illness and fate can hit randomly and is beyond our control.
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