Rachel Papo, Three 2nd Class Girls Backstage, Russia
Rachel Papo, “Three 2nd Class Girls Backstage”

St. Petersburg, Russia,

Signed, dated and inscribed “AP,” verso

Digital C-print

8.5 x 11 inches

$850.00, market value

Desperately Perfect focuses upon students at the renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. From the age of ten until eighteen; twelve hours a day; six days a week; on the barre or in the classroom; students of this school spend the majority of their youth in fierce competition with one another. In their hope for fame, fortune, and a better life, these adolescents strive for a level of perfection that seems always just out of reach.

Rachel Papo, inspired by her own memories of nine years of ballet classes as a child, emphasizes the emotional side of these children’s experience.

Work by Rachel Papo