Nov 12th 2010

Lise Haller Baggesen’ Chronic Youth is a presentation of glittery banners, marker pen graffiti’s, props and theatrical light effects, turning the storefront of CoProsperity Sphere into a silent “soda-disco.”

The installation revolves around stereotypical role models, popular with kids today: The princess and the statue of liberty examples archetypical idols, whereas Lady Gaga and Lara Croft (or her toddler counterpart Dora The Explorer) are more contemporary heroines. For boys The Sports Idol and his unwholesome brother The RebelRockStar embodies the coolness of puberty and rock stardom – the ideals of coming of age as seen from a young boys perspective. However, these role models also resonate in the adult mind, with the shameless idolization and exploitation of young kids in today’s popular media and youth cult.

For the exhibition Lise Haller Baggesen created a series of larger-than-life portraits of children play-acting some of these “American Idols,” drawn in glitter on black velvet banners. Set of by the pop lyrics in the marker pen graffiti’s on the windowpanes, the tableaux evoke an atmosphere, which is poppy yet sinister and serene at the same time.

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