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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Chantal Joffe: Teenagers

Nov 12, 2020 – Jan 29, 2021
74-18, Yulgok-ro 3-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul

“I suppose all along all I ever really wanted to do was paint people,” the American-born, London-based artist Chantal Joffe once said. “That never changed.” Joffe is known for her deceptively casual depictions of women and girls, whether it be a porn actress, a teacher, a mother and child. Her brushstrokes seem unplanned and scattered, yet they capture a narrative with powerful ease. In this series, Joffe aims to portray the awkward vulnerability that characterizes adolescents, girls and boys both. All look away with heavy-lidded eyes. All seem untrusting. And all are absorbed in their own changing realities. —E.C.

Chantal Joffe, “Carlottaa and Esme,” 2020 © Chantal Joffe. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

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