From Loring Knoblauch’s extensive review of Michal Chelbin’s exhibition “How to Dance the Waltz” for Collector Daily:
Michal Chelbin’s newest body of work captures the way teenagers use uniforms and costumes, particularly those that are overtly gendered, to attempt to build identity. Over the course of roughly five years, she followed teens in Spain and Ukraine, watching as they took on more adult roles and swung from vulnerability to confidence and back again. Her pictures document countless moments when dressing up like an adult requires an equivalent transformation of personality, and not every sitter seems entirely ready for that challenge.
Browse the exhibition “How to Dance the Waltz” at ClampArt
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