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Girl Pictures
by Justine Kurland
Justine Kurland started making the work that would become Girl Pictures while in an MFA program at Yale. Her boyfriend at the time had a fifteen year old daughter named Alyssum who had been sent home for rebellious behaviour. Kurland immediately bonded with her over their mutual interest in running away. “"I was [experiencing] nostalgia, realizing that I was no longer where she was," Kurland says in a recent interview. "It was this way that we could connect."In the photographs of Girl Pictures, Kurland walks the line between the lawless and utopian, reality and fiction, intimacy and rebellion. “My runaways built forts in idyllic forests and lived communally in a perpetual state of youthful bliss,” she writes towards the end of the book. “Revisiting these photographs now, twenty years later, I am confronted by a standing army of teenage runaway girls, deployed across the American landscape, at a time when they need each other more than ever. ‘So what,’ they say, ‘we’re never coming back.
— Charcoal Book Club members also recieve a small, inkjet print a gift from Justine.
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