August 29, 2017


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Portraying Girl Culture between Lolita and Disney Channel
Photographer, Paris

Britney Spears poster on the wall, pink nails, embroidered undies and crystal embellished velour hoodies – reminding you of you being sweet 16 and kind of pushing the boundaries of bad taste? This might likely be the signature of Amandine Kuhlmann, a photographer based in Paris, who mainly draws her inspirations from her teenage years. We all remember those powerful emotions, being heartbroken, experimenting with beauty and starting to feel the power of being women while noting our physical development.
Kuhlmann re-stages scenes from that period but if you look for male characters, you won’t come find them in Kuhlmann’s work. Why? The female body and personality always was her primary source for inspiration and she simply felt more comfortable around girls and the female development more engaging.
Some of her settings remind us of a lolita vibe, experimenting with eroticism in a rather playful way.
Once her work was described being on a thin line between you porn and disney channel – and that pretty much hits the point.

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In the art world currently I find most exciting that…

Nowadays, with social networks, everybody can claim their own ideas or concepts, break the codes and the conventions. We can create our own galleries. Indeed, it’s a blessing in disguise, everybody can pretend to be an artist.

Number of unanswered mails in your account…
I don’t count but I clearly cultivate the art of procrastination.

My perfect working outfit…
Velvet leggings with a big fat hoodie.

My favourite new brand discovery…

Hardeman, I’d love to shoot their collection !
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My everyday online art read is…
Instagram, Dazed & Confused, Sleek, Artsy…

My necessary extravagance is…

Grilled cheese.

Most ridiculous thing I’ve ever bought…
I’m a digger, I spend my time looking for and buying ridiculous, useless and super kitsch stuffs.

My ultimate secret after long working hours…
No pants, no problem.
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Favourite collaboration of the art- and fashion world
Hood by Air / Pornhub SS 2017

My favourite hashtag…
#early2000s.

On my office table I always have…

Certainly a huge mess !

The most arty city is…
I’ve planned to travel to discover other arty cities than Paris.
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Who are the best dressed in the art world…
Juliana Huxtable got a killa style !

Describe yourself with three emojis…
📸🍑✨

Art world gent I would love to have lunch with…
Araki for ure !

Artist(s) we should have on our watch list is/are…
Ruby Gloom (@rubyrubygloom), Polly Nor (@pollynor), Bonnie Banane (@bonnie. banane).

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Photos by Amandine Kuhlmann
Instagram: amandinekuhlmann