Creative Matters

Skin Stories & Skin Portraits

  • Tanny Dobbelaar Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Keywords: Illness Narratives, Photography


What personal stories do people with a chronic skin disease have to tell? This was Tanny Dobbelaar's main question in 2001 when she initiated the project “Heftig Vel’’, which may be translated from Dutch as “Severe Skin”. In this essay Dobbelaar shows a selection of what she and photographer Adrienne Norman tried to communicate at that time through a highly hybrid project that has many sides to it. The selection starts with the preface of the book, which was specially designed to enhance the experiences of the subjects in the eyes the viewer. The preface of the book is followed here by several Skin Portraits & Stories of the participants.


This article was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on 28 August 2015 and published on 12 December 2015.


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