Daring & Youth
Daring & Youth is the name of a hooligan band I met a few years ago. Young people in the photos are hoolies, ex-service volunteer soldiers, and political activists of the right-wing movement. At the same time, they belong to the globalized world of youth: they travel, party, fight for the rights of ani- mals, and, like us all, create their image on the Internet. That clash of seemingly extremely different concepts has become the inspiration for my work.
I was taking photos and at the same time, participating in public interventions in the abandoned Palace of Culture and still acting Youth Palace in my hometown. There was a law implemented at that time on so-called “decommunization”. In the first place, they began to dismantle monuments of communist leaders, then changed the names of streets and towns. While observing the ongoing transformation, I began to perceive Daring & Youth as a metaphor for modern political processes.
Yulia Krivich (1988) was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, but currently lives and works in Warsaw. She has had exhibitions in Poland, Ukraine, Italy and elsewhere. In 2015 she published a photobook Presentiment on youth in Ukraine.