If you ask us there’s never enough young women involved when it comes to art. Curator Brittany Natale is determined to change that with her pop-up art show, Teen Dream, which after success earlier this year in Brooklyn is heading to the city. From next Thursday Brittany will showcase female artists, photographers and illustrators between the ages of 13-21 years old at New York’s Parasol Projects – all open to the public! We chatted with Brittany to get the lowdown…
How did Teen Dream come to be?
The idea was spawned after I moved in with my grandmother following my parents’ divorce. Both my grandmother and mother are both painters and every painting in the house was done by them. I was always reflecting on the amount of creative women in my family – my aunt was a pianist, another worked for Christian Dior in the 1950s – but they could never pursue their passion full-time. I began wishing there were more spaces for girls to show and share their art with the public, a place where girls could go and connect and inspire one another and talk openly and safely about complex, often-overlooked issues that matter to them.
What were your favourite moments from your debut Teen Dream show?
Being able to spend the weekend with some of the most amazing, inspiring girls I have ever met, having the New York Times come to interview the girls about the art they had in the show, and just generally being able to connect with such wonderful creatives.
Why is it important that you’ve put together an all-female show?
We live in a world where women are still paid less than men, men are still controlling women’s reproductive rights, periods are stigmatized, and more – and this is only the tip of the iceberg! I think it is important to have safe spaces where female-identifying individuals can come and connect with one another and use our collective voice as an impetus for change.
Do you have any advice you’d give your teenage self?
There is a great Rainer Maria Rilke quote that speaks on how you must live through the questions, which in turn may one day lead you to the answers! “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Join us at the Teen Dream exhibition on Thursday 29th September at Parasol Projects on Rivington Street in New York where Brittany will be wearing this cute dress and these studio 50-inspired shoes. Check out more of the art we love with the exhibitions you need to see before 2016 is up.