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Playground, 1998

Photograph

Archival pigment print

20.00 x 24.00 in

50.8 x 61.0 cm

Edition of 20

Signed and numbered by the artist on a signature label

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    About The Work

    Aperture is pleased to release this limited-edition print from Justine Kurland in support of her forthcoming monograph, Girl Pictures. Proceeds from the sale of this print support the publication of the book. 

    The North American frontier is an enduring symbol of romance, rebellion, escape, and freedom. At the same time, it's a profoundly masculine myth — cowboys, outlaws, Beat poets. Photographer Justine Kurland reclaimed this space in her now-iconic series of images of teenage girls, taken between 1997 and 2002 on the road in the American wilderness. "I staged the girls as a standing army of teenaged runwaways in resistance to patriarchal ideals," says Kurland. She portrays girls as fearless and free, tender and fierce. They hunt and explore, braid each other's hair, and swim in sun-dappled watering holes—paying no mind to the camera (or the viewer). Their world is at once lawless and utopian, a frontier Eden in the wild spaces just outside of suburban infrastructure and ideas. Twenty years on, the series still resonates, published here in its entirety and including newly discovered, unpublished images.

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    About Justine Kurland

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