My new name is Katja
Ketil married my cousin Vanja in 2005. They have two children together, Benedicte and Sol Maria. In 2016, their father began gender-confirming treatment. Pappa’s new name is Katja.
Jo Straube is a photographer based in Oslo. Since graduating from Oslo University College in 2010, he has worked with long-term personal documentary projects and various types of assignments, ranging from photographs for reports, to portraits for magazines and companies, architecture or events, to production for exhibitions, and from curating to practical solutions, as well as lectures.
The book The Norwegian Library, a photo documentary about public libraries in Norway, was named the most beautiful book published in Norway in 2017.
Several of my personal projects have revolved around democracy and its fluctuations. When I visited Iceland in the wake of the financial crisis, it was to explore the state of a country admired up until then. When I made portraits of people involved in and influenced by Myanmar’s transition to democracy, it was to get a more nuanced impression of who was making the changes in that country, besides the well-known Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
The reason I have driven thousands of miles to call on hundreds of libraries all over Norway is because I wanted to document the state of this democratic institution.