The idea for the project alles wird gut (everything's gonna be fine) popped up on a flight back to Europe from Thailand and Cambodia in 2006, where I took pictures for the Swedish magazine Elle on UNICEF helping HIV-children.
Though the subject of that feature actually was about something else, something good (thank you UNICEF), I felt sick. Angry. Very angry.
The pictures I DID NOT take haunted me. Pictures of thousands of abandoned, sold, mistreated street-children, selling their skinny bodies to who ever paid the bowl of rice. And here I was, squeezed in with all those temporarily satisfied pedophiles on an airplane back to their “normal” life (my sincere apologies to those few poor  guys who HAD to travel to Bangkok for whatever reason, and who probably really love children, or, in any case, would never have sex with them). It was so obvious. But I couldn’t do anything about it, could I? Just close my eyes and pretend I had not seen their contented faces, pretend that they weren’t there, that all of that was not true.
But behind my closed eyelids I saw worse. I saw those men touching little boys, I saw them naked on filthy hotel-beds asking bravely smiling teenage girls to “be nice to them”, I saw it HAPPEN. Every rape they made. Every childhood they destroyed. Other images came onto me, images that I had until then kept at a distance. Parents beating up their children, letting them starve to death, every single story I had read in the papers, heard on the news. Cruel pictures, especially for a photographer who seeks beauty in every single frame.
I then had the vision of a dollhouse.
My daughter's perfect little Victorian world. Built by romantic adults who want to make children believe that there is no dark side in life. So tiny. So innocent. Like a soothing whisper in the ear of a crying child: alles wird gut.

Creating a dollhouse
The first impulse was to use my daughter's doll's house for depicting scenes of sexual abuse and violence against children - the not so perfect world behind closed doors.
But very soon it appeared that I needed to be involved in a more direct, physical way, so I started building little boxes like film sets with detailed interiors and light design. I molded the characters in plastiline, a malleable material and placed them in dramatic situations, as if these were scenes from a film. Creating these little figurines can take several days.  During that time, while my fingers smoothened cheeks and asses, I got very close to the characters, almost felt what they felt. The victims pain on one hand, but even the sexual excitement of the pedophile. A very scary experience, I\'ll tell you.

I have avoided showing the direct situations of sexual abuse or violence. That would have been too much of a peep-show. Instead I searched a perspective where I, as a photographer, revealed what had happened, afterwards. Or, what was going to happen, just before. To make the viewer come closer and wonder what exactly they are witnessing, and in order to protect the children (although "fictional") from identification, I blurred the image with a condom that I pulled onto the camera lens. In France, where I'm living, and in Germany, where I am born, a condom is called PRESERVATIV (protection, safeguard).

Art work in progress
Please Click here for my
With the project alles wird gut I want to derange, provoke reactions, indignation and debate. By showing not only "good images" but also the three dimensional "reality" behind them, and not just in galleries but also posted on city walls wherever I'll travel, I wish to establish a deeper questioning of what we see and how we choose to look. Where do we start censuring our own perceptions? Do tears wash away our true involvement in an insupportable reality?
I am still working on the project, intend to construct a total of  23 insupportable situations. But this project's goal are NOT  the large, blurry pictures that come out of it. Nor the care-package-like boxes that contain the dollhouse scenes (which can just be viewed through a little hole, like peeping Tom).
The result is the creative process in it self, my complete involvement in every detail, body and soul, time and money.
Therefore his website is not really intended as an information channel about the project. It is meant to work as a forum and as a work of art in progress, where the feedback will be included in the art piece and make it evolve.
katr!n jakobsen
Innovative online media strategy