Girlhood is a work-in-progress project featuring my fourteen-year-old daughter and her friends, all born at the dawn of the smartphone era. I have been invited into their world, a world filled with intimate female friendship, kisses and cartwheels, social awkwardness, rebellion, and self-discovery.
I began this research with the intention to uncover the relationship teens have with their mobile phones. However, since collaborating with these various groups for the past six months and observing their childish wonders and teenage defiance, I recognise the similarities of when I was a teen; the familiar, deeply rooted, yet often hidden, patriarchal ideologies and discourses that occur around teenage girls.
This tender project reflects on the vulnerability of teenagers as they shift from childhood yet are nowhere near adulthood.