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Yanka Smetanina

 artist  |  researcher  | curator 

Novel about girls

I think everyone went through it, feeling to one degree or another this difficult period. When the cozy peaceful happy childhood ended and the war with the whole world began. When mom and dad, before be kind and caring, suddenly became unnecessary and disturbing, the teachers became annoying nasty reptiles, and their peers (except the soul mate) were simply enemies. I mean how hard it is to be a teenager. A teenager-girl.

The project consists of 2 parts, 2 time periods.

The 1st part - «archival», is dedicated to the memories of the «happy childhood» heroine’s of the story and includes a collage of both family photos and a mini installation in which the painted photos of the family archive (that adorn the walls) are interspersed with abstract flashes, symbolizing lost memories, forgotten faces.

The 2nd part of the project is an analysis of adolescence, a girl’s growing up period, a time of rebellion and protest. Aggressive actions in the pictures are accompanied by fragments of phrases of the personal content of the experiences of the heroine and comments by psychologists explaining the problematic of destructive, deviant behavior of adolescents.

In the signatures quotations from the works of psychologists are used Shmakova K.V., Andreev V.E., Schneider L. B.


2014. Gallery A3, Moscow. Russia.

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