Bear Girls

Target & Indian girls

 

Homage to Meret Oppenheim & poisonous mushrooms

 

Bear Girl in forest & Bear Girl in bedroom

 

Grasses & Doe skin

 

Dandelion & Polar Bear

 

Girl with fur & Tepee rack

 

Wisent & Bathing sheep

 

Gesa & Tepee

 

Indian tree & Girls in the woods

 

Deshina & Huski

 

Dark branches & Lili

 

Seawater & Amalia

 

Birch forest & Ear of deer

 

Girl in evening dress & Dark trees

 

Bear target & Cuddly toys

 

Bear & Fireworks

 

Girl with fur in woods & Sleeping bear

 

Autumn meadow & Mia

 

Superman & Stork

 

Bloody shirt & Plumes in grass

 

Sleeping girl & Feather on red soil

 

Marlene & Wolves

 

Branches on a tree & Ladder in a tree

 

Lilli & Shed

 

Indian hut & Shack with weathercock

 

Daya and Mila & Scull

 

Maya & Tepee

 

Marlene & Clouds ante mountains

 

Fire & Hunters vest

 

Light from below 1 & Light from below 2

 

Lina & Autumn scrub

 

Bear Girls

Somewhere in North America or Canada, there is a tribe of Indians who dress their pubescent girls in large bearskins. The girls all live together just outside the village, the bearskins protecting them from the gaze of the adults and boys. They are even advised to be particularly slow and clumsy, to mimic the movement of a bear. This protected environment allows them to mature in a carefree and undisturbed way. They themselves determine the moment when they finally throw off their bearskin, and become part of the community of grown-up women. Girls of this tribe may even decide to become braves. Not many do, but some have.

When I recently told a friend about this, she was certain she had heard of this tribe before.

As it happens, I made it all up myself.

 

Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 2019