The Lolitas, (Video Installation), 2010
On view in this vimeo clip is an example from an four channel video installation on view at the Los Angeles Broad Art Center in 2010. This work which includes several components - a silent film loop titled Jeanine and Shannon (The Swing), a 2 minute and 30 second short video loop documenting a Lolita Meetup in San Francisco, 2010 and a silent video loop titled The Group Portrait (San Francisco), 2010. These films and videos were displayed simultaneously on monitors in one well lit gallery space, along with photographs. The project is intended to encourage a conversation about gender, rebellion and the 'Lolita state of mind'.
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Crafting themselves for the consumption of the gaze, the American appropriation of Japanese street style is a cross between precocious little girls and Victorian dolls with their cupcake shaped skirts, frilly knee socks and giant head bows. Forming communities through messaging on-line as avatars, Lolitas advise each other on shopping, dress up privately and then gather in public, often for the first time. Once in the public eye, they attract a frenzy of amateur photographers, who function as a paparazzi for the
Lolitas' self-produced moments of micro-celebrity. Credited as the first international female dominated subculture, Lolita is rich with its own neologisms, etiquette and process of initiation with many levels of subtlety, exuberance and luxury tailored specific to each subcategory of style from Sweet Lolita to Gothic Lolita.