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Video Artist Laura Parnes on Her Fascination with Teenaged Rebellion

The Huffington Post’s Jane Harris talks to video artist Laura Parnes about her long career and work, especially as it relates to portraying adolescent girls.

Says Parnes, “I’m interested in the teenager as an outsider or a symbol of rebellion. There is the romantic vision of the teen peering in on a culture they haven’t really personally participated in. This holds potential for criticality but is often tempered by a desire to gain status, power, agency. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is horrified at the hypocrisy of the adult world. Fueled by the cultural ambivalence towards the adolescent female, my teen characters tend to see the absurdity of contemporary culture as a given. Often their access to power requires constant self-objectification and often the power they access is painfully predictable, even boring. What’s a girl to do but manufacture drugs or accidentally kill and mutilate your favorite rock star?”

Read the full story here.

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