The boarders

Lara Ohl

2018 - 2019

Boarding schools are intended to guarantee privileged pupils the best possible education and preparation for their future lives. The work "The boarders" explores how the guiding values of tradition, cohesion, prestige and success exert themselves on pupils within this unique educational system. Unlike most adolescents who live with their families, the borders call boarding school their home, and live among their peers in exclusive communities. The pupils, who have been portrayed in their everyday surroundings on the school grounds of various boarding schools in Great Britain, present themselves as they want to be seen. They appear serious and focused whilst giving the impression that they are already prepared for adult life.

In several aspects, a boarding school creates a contrast to conventional ideas of childhood, youth and home. Thinking about this model of education and of growing up can show us what 'home' actually means to us.

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