In 2010, Laurel Nakadate set off on a journey of her life, following two sixteen-year-olds who left their hometown, Hollywood, Florida in search of adventure in the American wilderness.
As in the photographic cycle „Lucky Tiger“ presented at the exhibition „In the Heart of the Country“ in the context of new feminist strategies, in her full-length movie, the artist touches upon the subject of corporeality and tempation, simultaneously playing with the convention of the road movie genre and stories about adolescence.
Despite the tight budget, amateur cast and improvised script, Laurel Nakadate managed to capture „the curse of innocence.“ The subtle gestures, the anxious atmosphere and emotional states of teenage actresses do not resemble the glamour esthetics present on the MTV channel. Using the uncompromising form, Nakadate recounts the dark side of girly desires and blurs the boundaries between document, creation and voyerism.
Laurel Nakadate (born in 1975, Austin, Texas, USA) is an American photographer and filmmaker, known for video, photographic works and two feature movies. She touches upon such subjects as desire, cheating and fight for sexual power. She documents her own experiences and the so-called ”directed” adventures: encounters with strangers at roadside motels, crying bouts and the search of architectural “prairie style” in the American wilderness.