Graffiti is often equated with the primitive scrawls of humanity's childhood, which, despite being generally considered archaic, is a state experienced anew by every young person, every child. A.D.E.D. invite you to watch the game of self-representation through graffiti being played by children of various ages in the format of a TV game show, as new for the collective as the game is for the children.
A.D.E.D invited photographers Igor Klepnev, Leonid Sorokin, Alexey Kiselev, and writer Shakri Amirkhanova to offer their interpretations of childhood.
“Childhood is a difficult subject. I was bought and sold and exchanged for ransom, but it was all happening behind the scenes since I was only a little girl. And what that girl saw was love and kindness every day, thanks to my special agents and angels.
There is a sculpture outside my house where two children stand holding hands, with their eyes covered by a mask, they are surrounded by grief, greed, sorrow, decay, and power. They are holding beneath them a golden ball. When I was little, my mother used to take me to have a look at it, and it made all the sense in the world. If the children are blind, I’ll be there to be their crystal ball of silence and pain that was taken on before them so they can take the masks off and see the world for the first time the way they felt it, with their third eye.
My sorrow will not be their guilt. My pain will not be their gun. My heart will not be ashamed of other peoples’ bitter, swollen faces.
The future is behind you, above you is the past.”