Last year, Demelza invited photographer Juergen Teller to its hospices in Eltham and Sittingbourne to document the life of the kids who inhabit it. Now, a year later, these emotive photographs are being shown to the public for the very first time in a new exhibition at Bonhams on New Bond Street. Named Demelza Kids, the photographic series is a story that follows the kids who are there and shines a light on the phenomenal work the charity does.
German Juergen Teller is renowned as one of the most important photographers of his generation. His work spans fine-art and fashion, with a recognisable eye for minimalism and an authentic aesthetic. During his time with Demelza, Teller would make regular visits to the hospices, getting to know the children and their families, and gaining a rare behind-the-scenes insight into the daily running of Demelza. The photographs, mainly taken on his phone after ditching his SLR to be less intrusive, give a unique sense of “respect, directness and honesty” says Teller. “I photographed the children as honestly as I could without shying away from the brutal truth of what I was confronting.”
Demelza was founded in 1998 by two parents after the death of their daughter. The aim was to support other families, and this is exactly what the charity has grown to do. As well as providing specialist care, Demelza also provides emotional support for its patients and their families, of which the charity supports about 750 a year. Their centres include life-enhancing facilities such as music and art rooms, a cinema, a sensory room and so much more that the children couldn’t deserve more. The charity is also in the midst of a groundbreaking new project that will allow children to die in their own homes, for which fundraising is taking place.
“Juergen Teller is one of the most influential and relevant photographers today. It is an honour to have his new work on show at Bonhams, especially as it highlights the work of such an extraordinary charity. These are images that will long live on in the mind.” – Ralph Taylor, Bonhams’ Global Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art
10 – 16 April 2019
Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair London W1S 1SR
The exhibition is free, so no need to book or buy tickets!