Children in Surva

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Children in Surva

2009 - 2018

digital phototgraphy, photography on b&w film

 

Children in Surva shows portraits of children taking part in the traditional Kouker or Mummers' dances. Unlike the adult participants who knowingly enter into the merry, frightening and raging character of a mummer, the children take part in the dancing in a much more spontaneous way. This is why they often deviate from the planned script and surprise with unexpected behaviour, movements, and facial expressions. As the mummers costumes are heavy and cumbersome, the children avail themselves of every opportunity to take off their masks. In these moments of rest the children's expressions are spontaneous and devoid of rational self-control. Some of the intensive mental states captured on film are distinctly different from the trivial collective merriment and come close to the magical spirit of the dancing, becoming symbolical and meaningful centres in a chaotic environment.