18x18 immersive photo exhibition
18×18 is an immersive photo exhibition experience, diving into the world of 18, 18 year old girls from all over Auckland, and now on display at Westfield St Lukes near the food court. Take a step into the world of young women on the brink of adulthood.
18x18 was born out of the YWCA’s research work with young women, where time and time and again they were hearing the frustration of young women who never see honest representations of themselves in the media. With the rise of pressing youth issues such as the mental health crisis and climate change protests, it felt as though the time was right to take a deep dive into the realities of being an 18 year old today.
Exhibition curator & journalist Verity Johnson, lead photographer & curator Susanne Axelsson and 18 year old supporting photographer Coco Janssen set out to interview eighteen, eighteen year old young women on the brink of adulthood.
What resulted was a gorgeously honest photo essay series telling the heart-breaking and heart-warming stories of these young wahine. Take a journey behind the stereotypes and assumptions society has around young women, to see world through their eyes, and gain an unfiltered view of the life of eighteen year old women today.
To find out more visit Westfield St Lukesto see a beautiful display by our food court and head over to read the stories in full on the 18x18 website