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For one year, Danish photographer Thomas Lekfeldt followed the struggle of a seven year old girl against cancer. Vibe's parents wanted to keep the memory of this hardship : they wished that this terrible disease had been talked about, so the medical research efforts strenghten. - In 2007 it was diagnosed that Vibe had a brain tumour. Because of the location of the tumour it was not possible to surgically remove it, so instead Vibe received 30 radiation treatments, four chemotherapy treatments, three high dosage chemotherapy treatments and a number of experimental chemotherapy treatments. This is the story of the last year of Vibe's life, the story of her life with her twin sister Laerke, her father Michael, her mother Helle and her friends. It's the story of how she lost the fight against the brain tumour. - Children get other types of cancer than adults. For example Leukaemia and brain tumours are common with children, while they almost never get lung cancer or breast cancer. Brain tumours are the most common with children. - Every year there are around 40 new cases of brain tumours with children in Denmark. Vibe was one of them. - Vibe's father Michael often said that he would catch the stars in the sky for Vibe if she asked him to. Now he tells her sister Laerke that Vibe herself has become one of the stars in the sky. - Thomas Lekfeldt's story was published in NZZ Tableau from July 21 - 25, 2014. (vu)


A series of portraits found in the trash bin of the "Gulu Real Art Studio", the oldest photographic studio in Gulu, Northern Uganda. - The studio only has a machine that makes four ID images at a time, a number that most clients cannot afford, so the photographer takes single analog pictures, punches out the head with a special device, and discards the rest. In these faceless prints, one's focus shifts to the subjects individual posture and clothing, forming a typological portrayal of a community. Martina Bacigalupo also interviewed clients of Gulu, and their stories, many deeply moving, describe the political, economic, and social conditions common to contemporary East Africa. (mg/vu)

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