Babes on the river in Talkeetna, AK, November 2013.
The Teen-Girl Aesthetic on Tumblr
by Alicia Eler and Kate Durbin
21-year-old Elisa Lam made national news when her body was uncovered in a water tank on the roof of the infamous Cecil Hotel, near Skid Row in Los Angeles. Not long before that, she was just a barely-no-longer-adolescent girl visiting the United States from Canada, exploring the city of angels whilst on spring break. In the Internet land of immediate responses, reactions, and reprimands via text chatter, reblogs, deleted comments, likes, and unlikes, hearts, and de-hearted emotional Tumblr affirmations, Elisa Lam’s 19-year-old friend Jialin began Tumblr blogging about her friend’s death. Was she a bad friend? How could this have happened to Elisa?
Published in Interventions Volume 3, Issue 1: Mediascapes and Connectivity
Each issue of Interventions features an artwork or image from a selected artist that exists as a single-page pdf, available for download as an unlimited edition.
Interventions is the online journal of the Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA) program at Columbia University
We are super excited to be a part of this awesome event kicking off DC Fotoweek taking place at Black Cat on Nov. 2. Make sure to swing by and see a brief and all too soon retrospective slideshow of Empty Stretch, generously presented by the Indie Photobook Library, while also enjoying drinks and music. Jordan and Nate are going to be selling zines and books too!
Self Portrait of a Millenium Girl, 20(preteen)13
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