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Special ExhibitionⅠ- The Youth Code

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THE YOUTH CODE!
Curator Nathalie Herschdorfer

The exhibition will not present a generic portrait of adolescence but rather brings together work done by photographers dealing with a variety of issues related to pre-adults. How does this age group keep distance with adults? What are their archetypes and what is the youth code? The exhibition will present artists whose works explore the individuality versus the group; the interaction between generations; the conflict between the search for authenticity and norms of behaviour; the emergence of a new body, etc. The exhibition will also present pictures made by tia age group: pre-adults upload photographs to the Internet.

Hovering in virtual space, these pictures are there for all to see. Adolescents have embraced the virtual world as a new and immediate way of communicating with their peers and the world at large. Teenagers’ snapshots have entered the historical theater of images.

Popularity of these amateur snapshots resides in their strong emotional clout and their presumed authenticity. Their pictures – ranging from portraits, self-portraits and nude studies to documentary, fashion, and pornographic images – break down old categories.

Today teenage culture, based on a new use of digital imagery, is an electronic culture in a number of ways. It places people at the heart of the creative act, rendering technology subordinate. It is egalitarian, and is simultaneously individualistic and collective, and reflects on desires and anxieties, suffering and joy, doubts and vanity, intimate and public images.

Artists(20)