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Kids these days

Guillaume Simoneau, Untitled 02, Lévis, Canada, 2008 (C-print, 1:6) from the Between Grass and Steel series, (2004-2011)

Kids these days presents video, photography, and graphic works that draw from the fields of anthropology, psychology and sociology, to examine youth and youth cultures in the Canadian context. The artists document young people—their bodies, expressions, and movements—while investigating their tastes, thoughts, clothing styles, methods of communication, and leisure activities. The resulting artworks suggest an underlying desire on the part of the artists to capture the “essence” of youth or at least to affiliate themselves with the coveted values typically associated with this group: freedom, escape, authenticity, expressivity, creativity, and idealism.

Opening Reception and Public Conversation

Saturday, January 16th at 2:00pm

Curator Zoë Chan and Dr. Marnina Gonick, Canada Research Chair in Gender Identity and Social Practices at MSVU, will hold a public conversation discussing the exhibition and its larger social and artistic contexts.

PUBLIC READING, March 2nd at 12:00pm

“What was I thinking? “ public reading/open mic reading of stories, poems, notes, designs, plans, schemes, dreams, etc from when the participants were teenagers.