Petra Collins24 Hours Psycho

San Francisco,
2 April – 30 April, 2016

Ever Gold [Projects] has scheduled the penultimate exhibition at its Tenderloin location featuring 24 Hour Psycho, by Petra Collins. Ten large-scale pictures depicting young women in states of bleakness and emotional distress are exposed, though, these moments of vulnerability seem to become acts of empowerment. Collins’ substantial work keeps on exploring the young females experience and uncovers the historically marginalized issue of the complex reality of girlhood. Her focus on this theme generates a deeply intimate archive of images which are strongly related to the question of the rising access to social media, too.
Collins, a cultural presence in her own right (artist, curator, filmmaker, actress, model and an icon for adolescents) owns the dismissive term “psycho” and also the concept of female hysteria, celebrating it it with a fierce, intense and exquisite imagery of girls who communicate power even in their upset state. Indeed, by today’s media standard, such as imperfect or “shameful” portrait constitutes a bold statement, which leads the viewers to re-contextualize their preconception about beauty, power, youth, feminism and equality.

 

 

“GIRLS’ SADNESS IS NOT PASSIVE, SELF-INVOLVED OR SHALLOW; IT IS A GESTURE OF LIBERATION, IT IS ARTICULATE AND INFORMED, I THINK IS A WAY OF RECLAIMING AGENCY OVER OUR BODIES, IDENTITIES, AND LIVES.” – AUDREY WOLLEN