The Latest Slice of Märta Thisner's 'Drunk In Love'
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The Latest Slice of Märta Thisner's 'Drunk In Love'

We caught up with the Swedish photographer ahead of her exhibition.
26.10.16

Swedish photographer Märta Thisner has been photographing her friends for a decade. The photos mostly show how intoxicated you can get from friendship and alcohol, and she has brought them together in a project called Drunk In Love. Because she has been documenting her friends for such a long time, she divided the enormous amount of photos in different periods. Tonight, her latest exhibition Drunk In Love: 2014-2016 opens, to which she gave us a preview.

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VICE: How is this exhibition related to Beyoncé's "Drunk in love"?
Märta Thisner: The project has had a few different names over the years, but I just loved the title of the song. I'm not sure if Beyoncé was going for the same theme as I am, but I just felt that the title fit perfectly.

How do you work?
I'm often [photographing] at parties. I love photographing with flash – I like capturing the vulnerability that shows at night. People are more relaxed when they're out partying and are usually more open to showing emotion. I take pictures with an analogue camera I carry around in my bag. A lot of times I'll have forgotten what I photographed by the time I have the photos developed. So it's quite exciting to go through the pictures when they're ready – I never really know what I'll find.

Tell me about your subjects for this series.
I only shoot people I know personally. I'm very shy, so it's sometimes hard for me to approach people – it's always easier when I'm a little drunk. I've been working on this project for such a long time that some people come back at different times. Frida is one of my best friends and I've photographed her a lot over the years. She now has a baby.

Are the moments in your photos genuine, or do you orchestrate them in any way?
I never orchestrate moments, but I do choose to capture precise moments. And the pictures I select have a specific aesthetic, I think. So in a way I romanticise life, I build a story that is beautiful, where everything looks pretty and fun. Of course, that's not really what life looks like all the time.

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It's a familiar kind of aesthetic, you'll also find it with Jonnie Craig, Felix Swensson and possibly Lina Scheynius.
Yes, definitely. There have been a few times that I've thought, why should I photograph this, it's been done a million times? But it's usually men who make this kind of work, and I bring a women's point of view. I also try not to objectify the people in my photographs too much, which I think is pretty common in similar work.

When do you think a photo of yours works really well?
I love it when you can't really tell what's going on in the photo – you're kind of thrown into a moment.

Märta Thisner's Drunk In Love: 2014 – 2016 opens tonight at 5 PM at Under Bron, Hammarby Slussväg 2, Stockholm, Sweden. See more of Märta Thisner's work here.