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“Teenage Words”, intimate and deep reflections

“Every morning when I wake up, I think about what’s going to happen. Maybe today will be the last day of my life, that’s why I would like to tell her that I love her. Why is it so hard to say two words? “, Thais moped. “Soon the patent, soon more rings (dental) (9 days!), My birthday soon, summer soon… I don’t want to grow up. I want to stay like Peter Pan. Why the bonds since we are the ones who invent them ?? “, wonders Charlotte. “Does becoming a parent mean systematically forgetting what it was like to be a teenager? “, Jade in turn asks, sad at the sight of the ditch that is gradually widening within her family.

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Gathered in Teenage Words, these intimate reflections, by turns funny, relevant or overwhelming, are the fruit of a meticulous collection carried out over ten years by the artist Irvin Anneix. Because he himself, as a teenager, found in the writing of a “Journal of dreams” an outlet for his discomfort, this thirty-something started to collect the writings of his relatives before creating, in 2014, a contribution platform on the Internet and to solicit social networks. Testimonies poured in: from a harvest of 5,000 texts, he chose nearly 200 around universal themes: family, love, friendship …

“A very conformist society”

Read and commented on by other adolescents in a traveling reading studio (installed in cultural institutions, festivals, schools, etc.), these Teenage Words were the subject of short films to be seen on the artist’s website, then of this collection of the same name which appeared recently. Delivered raw, unfiltered, with their clumsiness and spelling mistakes, they forcefully express the excitement of youth, its fervor, but also roller-coaster emotions, doubts and unspeakable suffering aloud.

“These writings reflect the difficulty of certain adolescents in finding a place in a very conformist society”, decrypts Irvin Anneix, attentive to “To highlight their deep reflections, contrasting with the clichés that we can have on this age”.

For the clinical psychologist Christine Cannard, who signs the preface and uses certain extracts in her professional training around the “Adolescent development”, the book invites us to better understand the ills of adolescence. To young people, he shows that they are not alone. For parents, they offer a disturbing dive into the minds of our children, listening to what they sometimes dare not tell us. As an invitation to be more attentive.


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