“I’m documenting long-term research about youngsters in Graz, their visual stories of self-perception, mental boundaries, and growing up transformation.” explains Margarita Keller, an Ukrainian visual artist based between Graz and Vienna, her work to us.
Her photographic project “Youth in Graz” is a long-term research and visual documentation of youngsters, their boundaries, exposed beauty and self-perception. “Such a staged narrative mostly relates to growing up transformations and connection to nature as a metaphorical embodiment of a person. This story is an opportunity to capture and translate the subtle mood and images of today’s youth. The nuclear center of the shot are ordinary people scouted from the streets or in social media.”
Her juvenile subjects look strong-willed or thoughtful into the camera or let their photos being taken in a what seems to be a genuine moment, a moment of being withdrawn from the outer world.
Margarita Keller started this project with her own curiosity to explore cultural diversities among youth in post-soviet countries and Western Europe.