All Same, All Different (2014)
All Same, All Different is a comment on the growing racism and xenophobia in Sweden. The work was produced in May 2014, three month before the general election in Sweden, in which the far rightwing party, Sverigedemokraterna, gained 12.9% of the votes.
Who are The Others? The photographic portrait has had a significant role in the creation of Same and Other. At the National Institute for Eugenics in Uppsala, Sweden, physiognomist Herman Lundborg measured skulls and noses from the 1920s till the 1930s. A photographic archive of human types developed: travellers, peasants, homosexuals and the insane. The institute existed until 1958. This physiognomy research also included the study of twins. Identical twins were measured, weighed and photographed.
In All Same All Different I utilise my own identity as a non-identical twin. My sister and I are blond, tall and blue-eyed. Our skin is white. We present ourselves differently; short hair, long hair. Sexuality. I look scrawny. Ylva is strong. With this work I invite the viewer to question their own prejudices with regards to sameness and otherness in Sweden 2014, suggesting a fictitiousness to the notion of normal.