Arabelle Zhuang


United Kingdom

Reverie follows the narrative of five girls in chronological years, watching them grow as friends. There are four chapters within the series, where each chapter is a stage of the girls' lives, exploring the challenges they face with self-identity, friendship and womanhood.

The first chapter sees the girls as children – free spirited and carefree. This chapter of their lives, almost a whimsical daydream, of them playing in the garden.Their lack of self-identity is represented by their identical white dresses, at the same time symbolising purity and innocence. As little girls, we have our own secret lives and games that we play while our parents are not watching. Exploring the very start of their friendship.

The second chapter sees the girls enter a new stage of their lives, going to school, where their friendship develops over time. We see the bonds that form between the girls, exploring isolation and challenges with trying to fit in.

The third chapter sees the girls manoeuvre through the digital age. Time being spent being disconnected from one another. The black represents the vastness of the digital space and social media platforms, almost like a black hole. The dolled faces, almost like a mask, is juxtaposed with their outfits, stripped down raw, representing the vulnerability of the girls. The scales represent the balance between irreality and reality. It explores the challenges girls face growing up in this social media driven world where we create a false persona for everyone to see.

The last chapter of the series see the girls reaching womanhood. They have gone on with their individual lives, forging their own identity. We see them in nature, away from the digital space, reconnecting with one another again. Strong and empowered – celebrating the becoming of a woman.

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