Childhood and adolescence are decisive periods in each and every person’s life. The process of growing up, of exchanging a child’s existence for that of a teenager, involves physical, psychological, social and cultural change. Much of one’s identity takes shape, and this can mean a new experience of both the body and one’s gender. This phase in life has its own cultural expressions that are manifested through play and other activities. New digital media offer possibilities for a type of self-staging unknown to earlier generations. Life offers many challenges, and for some children and youths, there are major events, for instance today’s migrant and refugee crises, that have severe consequences.
Many artists today focus on issues related to this period of life. For Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, young people are an important focal group. With a wide approach to the exhibition’s theme, we seek to convey some of the aspects that mark this part of human existence.
Participating artists (in alphabetical order):
Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen (Norway), Rineke Dijkstra (Netherlands), Andrea Gjestvang (Norway), Annika von Hausswolff (Sweden), Preben Holst (Norway), Ove Kvavik (Norway), Peter Land (Denmark), Artist group Leo Gabin (Belgium), Sharon Lockhart (USA), Wynne Neilly (Canada), Mari Slaattelid (Norway), Fiona Tan (Netherlands).
Image: Mari Slaattelid, Protective 1-4, 2000, colour photography. Astrup Fearnley Collection. Photo: Thomas Widerberg