When something changes in a relationship, thoughts, feelings and fears appear. Sometimes there is a struggle. Or a silence. A failed conversation.
It is often through heritage, tradition and media that we are taught how a man and a woman “should be” and how they should relate to each other in a relationship. So how is the male self-image affected when the woman, for instance, earns more money than the man? And how is the sexual relationship affected if the man suddenly is responsible for most of the domestic work?
Conversation Failed is about people who have lived together for a long period of time. The project is partly based on my own experiences from various relationships, but also on the experiences of other couples that have arisen through conversations. I take a look at power structures, gender roles and sexuality and I have talked to people who, like myself, are in midlife. People and couples who are struggling with various adversities and bouts of anxiety in their everyday lives. People who love, compromise, sacrifice, fail.
Is there even a possibility of understanding and reconciliation without communication?
In the project, I have been working with Clara Diesen, a poet and a screenwriter based in Stockholm. She has contributed with a poem suit for the book.
I am also working with Alex Pacheco from Crash Boom Bang Studios in Stockholm, with the design and launch of a book.
Björn Nilsson Fodor is essentially a cultural scientist specializing in media and communication-based in Stockholm. He started his career as a photographer for local papers in the ’90s, then switched paths and began studying at JMK (Department of Journalism, Media and Communication). He has always expressed himself through images, whether it’s through photography, paintings or drawings. In recent years he has become more and more interested in human relations and society as a whole, and how it affects us. He mostly works with projects and is always in visual design as a subgenre to photography as a medium.