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The Pianist

Two years ago, pianist Roope Gröndahl was diagnosed with MS disease. The disease disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of symptoms. Specific symptoms can include double vision, muscle weakness, troubles with sensation or coordination. Capabilities that are quite inevitable for a classical pianist.

I was assigned to portray Gröndahl for Image Magazine in Kuhmo chamber music festival in summer 2018.

You can read the story (in Finnish)  here.

“Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identifyourselves as citizens of that other place” (Susan Sontag, 1979,  Illness as Metaphor).


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