Why Don't I Know You : Reimagining the Wisdom of Teen Movie Girls


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Why Don't I Know You : Reimagining the Wisdom of Teen Movie Girls is a limited edition, full colour 64 page hand-bound photo book of photographs by artist Teân Roberts. This is a limited edition run of 100 first edition books, each measuring 7.5" x 6.0" + individually numbered + hand-bound by the artist.

Inspired by quotes from teen movies like Mean Girls, Pretty in Pink + Save The Last Dance, the images explore the ways these films have influenced an entire generation of young women. Though intended as entertainment, they took on a didactic, almost cult-like significance for many teens when fitting in + being popular felt more valuable than being true to one’s own ideas or sense of self.

The project began as a late-night conversation between photographer Teän Roberts + stylist Lily Austin about their favourite teen-hood movie lines. They realised these quotes still peppered their adult conversations over a decade later, as the films’ messages had been so deeply internalised within their teenage brains.

At a time when girls are desperately trying to form an identity, teen movies offer a road map on how to navigate the cliques + queen bees, the crippling awkwardness + hormones, the bullies + the boys. It’s only later that we come to understand what a problematic teacher mainstream media can be - particularly for those who are still learning about themselves, other girls + the spaces they inhabit in the world.

Viewed through a post-Me Too lens + understood in relation to forth-wave feminism, we can see the dangerously narrow options that this seductive celluloid dreamland prescribed for girls + how this contributed to a culture where attractiveness + popularity are prized above all else.

For further information please visit: www.WhyDontIKnowYou.com

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