Thirteen

Talents 12 . Janina Wick / Ann-Christin Bertrand
August 02 2008 until October 05 2008
© Janina Wick
© Janina Wick
© Janina Wick
© Janina Wick

They seem cool, alluring, slightly absent, and very intentional in their self–presentation. Yet shimmering behind each façade we catch glimpses of fragility, vulnerability, and insecurity – girls who are physically almost adults but not yet mentally secure, and still in search of their own identity. These young adolescents appear in Janina Wick’s series “Thirteen” in sensitive portrayals of a state between childish unselfconsciousness and self-confident femininity. The photographs reveal a fascinating paradox: we can read something in their faces and bodies that they themselves do not yet know, but that they already embody nevertheless.