Maija Tammi – Sick Photography
Representations Of Sickness In Art Photograhy
This artistic research scrutinizes how sickness has been represented in art photography and examines new ways to approach, think about and create photographic art about sickness.
The dissertation combines theoretical research and artworks. The theoretical part shows that while scholars have concentrated on the ethics of what kind of images of sickness or suffering ought to be shown or on the psychology of why some images of sickness bother viewers, most art photographers have concentrated on depicting personal illness experiences.
The research applies anthropologist Arthur Kleinman’s definitions of sickness, illness and disease in a diagram to examine how photographic artworks approach the topic.