Photography Why are we obsessed with girlhood?

Why are we obsessed with girlhood?

Giorgia Massari

There is a social obsession, among the many we mean, that could be said curious and hidden. That towards teenage girls. Sara Marzullo, in her latest book Sad Girl. The girl as a theory to analyze girlhood in a broad sense. If we stop to reflect, how many books, how many songs and how many movies have as protagonists a teenage girl? The lost girl, that missing, the elusive one, remains in our minds, but why? Marzullo in her book explores this fascination, pointing out that we never know anything about this girl, basically because we don’t care, the only thing that captures us is her elusive being. All depending on whether it becomes a container. A way, especially for men, to escape their weaknesses and fragility, placing them in her and attributing to her in some way the blame for her departure, freeing herself of all responsibility. Returning to the obsession, on girlhood has built a real marketing based on a precise aesthetic that necessarily has a melancholy vein, sad indeed. This premise wants to anticipate the series The Bliss of Girlhood by photographer Kristina Rozhkova that, at the same time, is useful to visually support this speech, here only mentioned. The shots of the Russian photographer, all in black and white, explore precisely the conflicts and contradictions typical of this existential period, not so much in its real aspect as rather inherent in its concept.

«I met by chance the models of this project, while I was walking in my hometown this summer. I instinctively knew that they would be the protagonists of my next series of portraits, I wanted to spend time with them, and almost join in their show by photographing them», says Kristina Rozhkova, confirming once again the obsession with gilrhood. In her shots, the photographer returns a visual imagination as exhaustive as the social and cultural concept of the sad girl, young, beautiful, still immature in the awareness of her sensuality, still unconscious of the imminent loss of her freedom. A romantic image, reproposed for centuries first by the world of art, poetry and literature, then by cinema and music, think of the Shakespearean character of Ophelia and her image portrayed by John Everett Millais that captures an eternal beauty that exists only in death.

Courtesy Kristina Rozhkova

Written by Giorgia Massari
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