Post-Adolescence - PhMuseum

Post-Adolescence

Federica Sasso

2014 - Ongoing

Italy

«Nothing happens while you live. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that's all. There are no beginnings. Days are tacked on to days without rhyme or reason, an interminable, monotonous addition. But everything changes when you tell about life» wrote Jean-Paul Sartre.

I started working on my project #Post-Adolescence about five years ago, when I decided to focus my work on adolescence and youth-related issues. It’s been five years since I discovered how I could tell about life.

The easiest way to image how a given generation perceive the world is by comparing it with the expectations and disappointments experienced by the generation who brought them into the world and raised them. Those who were born in 1968 had seen the moon landing at age 1, they sang The Clash aged 16. Those who were born in 2000 were hit by 9/11 aged 1 and, by age 8, they had gone through two wars, multiple terror attacks, and a financial crisis which, nearly ten years on, still has them firmly in its grips. They sang Lady Gaga aged 16.

From a young age, adults have bombarded them with frightening words: first it was the Millennium bug, then 9/11, anthrax, weapons of mass destruction, job insecurity, call centers, subprime mortgages, climate change, immigration, and especially in Italy, "the edge of the precipice".

Called the Google Generation, the Generation Z, those who were born between 1995 and 2000 had also experienced a full access to computer technology, Internet, social media, full automation and robotics. They saw the walls between the digital and physical worlds crumble.

Collecting puzzles of moments of their everyday life, this series of images aims to document their journey to the adult life . I can say that it’s been five years since I started seeing the world in a different way.

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