April 7 – May 27
Cut it Short
The title ‘Cut it Short’ refers to the old tradition in Slavic cultures called ‘Postrzyzyny’. Young boys have their hair cut in order for them to enter society, a ‘coming of age’ of sorts. The custom is still being practiced in some circles as a kind of symbol of obeying the rules.
It is difficult to recreate a feeling. Memory, however, is often most strongly recalled by its feelings. It’s common to reach for a hazy aesthetic to portray memory in a photographic project. Not so with Cut it Short. Solarski and Liboska have sharply drawn the acuteness of teenage angst and awakening by picturing their memories in very precise detail.
Teeneagers often do things in groups that they might be afraid to do on their own- traveling with a friend by train and exploring the winter woods, getting into a fight, sometimes even sexual encounters. The bond of this shared experience, this first tasting of the world that happens together, creates a specific intensity that we don’t always feel in later in life. Cut it Short pulls one back inside the teenage emotional landscape through the eyes of two rebellious Polish boys.