To celebrate the launch of the duo of “Twenty Thirteen” zines, Eleanor Hardwick has teamed up with Matt Martin of B RAD Gallery and Magazine, to curate an exhibition for one night only, which will take place on 12th December 2013 at 6-9pm at Doomed Gallery in Dalston, London. In addition to the exhibition, there will be DJ sets from Flamingods and Hypnotized, and a zine stall featuring zines from exhibiting artists. The exhibition explores the work of 40 young international female photographers (including Hardwick) whose work celebrates youth, growing up, rebellion, freedom, sexuality and femininity.
“I felt as a teenager that not only are real teenage girls unrepresented in (particularly fashion) photography but the documentation of it through a real young girl’s eyes (rather than the viewpoint of a male adult – which is still dominant in the industry) was also uncommon. Which is why I have found such sanctuary in magazines like Rookie and Lula, and the movement of young, often female artists, that are emerging thanks to the democracy of the internet.
I also feel strongly that there has not been an opportunity yet, to take offline the work of an artist from a generation raised online, and creating an almost retrospective book of that experience. I want this exhibition to illustrate the sheer volume of astounding work that these young female photographers are creating – but whilst that volume can be overwhelming on online platforms, in the atmosphere of a gallery, the pace is slowed down and people can slowly and carefully take the work in image by image, piece by piece.
We have taken a DIY approach towards this exhibition, because I wanted to embrace that idea of when you do it young, you do it yourself, and for yourself. I didn’t want the stuffiness of frames and the barrier of glass in front of the photographs to take the realness and the honesty away from this work. I want people to get up close to it, to touch it, and to understand what it is like to be young in 2013 by getting so intimate with this work. In a world where everything that my generation has ever created has been instantly uploaded to the internet, becoming immortalised and viewable by millions across the globe, I want this exhibition to rekindle the magic of tangibility and ephemerality… and after one night, it will be gone, much like the fleetingness of youth.”
Exhibitors : Olivia Bee, Hana Haley, Sanaa Hamid, Saga Sig, Chrissie White, Alba Yruela, Francesca Allen, Monika Mogi, Joljin Snijders, Billie Turnbull, Coco Capitan, Stine Sampers, Arvida Bystrom, Alicia Griffiths, Lauren Poor, Rebekah Campbell, Charlotte Rutherford, Mike and Claire, Eleni Mettyear, Hanna Antonsson, Laurence Philomene, Dana Boulos, Marie Zucker, Allyssa Yohana, Maisie Cousins, Beth Siveyer, Rachel Hodgson, Elies Van Renterghem, Cheyenne Sophia, Miri Matsufiji, Ayesha Tan Jones, Alis Pelleschi, Tara Violet Niami, Shriya Samavai, Katie Eleanor, Lauren Withrow, Maya Kibbel, Anna Ryon, Erica Joy, Masha Mel