“I’m okay” is what Itziar, my 13-year-old cousin, always says to me. She doesn't add anything else, and it's such an ambiguous “I'm okay” that I never know how to take it.
Starting from a fictional letter I wrote to the 13-year-old former-Duchess Anastasia Romanov (1901-1918), whose self-portrait in the mirror is the first of its kind in history, my intention is to reflect on how and why teenagers represent themselves through photographic means. Using my personal experience as a point of departure, I have crafted an installation with the intention of creating a safe space to display public videos that teenagers have recorded through a mirror and shared on the social media platform TikTok.
Anna Izquierdo Gilabert