Baptiste Lignel

Pop Pills

Lara Plavčak graduated in art history and cultural studies. In 2011, she graduated from the School of Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing World of Art. To date, she has curated more than 50 major and minor exhibitions individually or in collaboration, and participated in many others in the role of the project manager or assistant at various venues in Slovenia and abroad. Between 2015 and 2019, she collaborated with the Ljubljana Short Film Festival FeKK and the Kraken Association in organizing film screenings equipped with audio description for blind people and subtitles for deaf people. In 2014, as an external co-worker at Kino Šiška, she established the zine collection and public reading room ZINE VITRINE, which today counts more than 400 pieces. In 2016, with the opening of the DobraVaga gallery, she upgraded the zine program with monthly exhibitions, workshops, sales selection, and lectures, and led it until September 2019. In 2017, she co-curated the group exhibition Zines! Contemporary Zine Production at MGLC, Ljubljana, which was based on many years of research into the contemporary production of art zines in Slovenia and internationally. From 2016 to 2018, she worked at the World of Art school and SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana. From February 2018 to September 2019, she was employed as a project manager for visual, audiovisual, and intermedia arts at the Kino Šiška Center for Urban Culture, where she prepared the program and annually produced more than 100 events organized by Kino Šiška or co-produced with other public institutions and NGOs. Since October 2019, she works as Assistant Director of SCCA-Ljubljana.

Lara Plavčak graduated in art history and cultural studies. In 2011, she graduated from the School of Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing World of Art. To date, she has curated more than 50 major and minor exhibitions individually or in collaboration, and participated in many others in the role of the project manager or assistant at various venues in Slovenia and abroad. Between 2015 and 2019, she collaborated with the Ljubljana Short Film Festival FeKK and the Kraken Association in organizing film screenings equipped with audio description for blind people and subtitles for deaf people. In 2014, as an external co-worker at Kino Šiška, she established the zine collection and public reading room ZINE VITRINE, which today counts more than 400 pieces. In 2016, with the opening of the DobraVaga gallery, she upgraded the zine program with monthly exhibitions, workshops, sales selection, and lectures, and led it until September 2019. In 2017, she co-curated the group exhibition Zines! Contemporary Zine Production at MGLC, Ljubljana, which was based on many years of research into the contemporary production of art zines in Slovenia and internationally. From 2016 to 2018, she worked at the World of Art school and SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana. From February 2018 to September 2019, she was employed as a project manager for visual, audiovisual, and intermedia arts at the Kino Šiška Center for Urban Culture, where she prepared the program and annually produced more than 100 events organized by Kino Šiška or co-produced with other public institutions and NGOs. Since October 2019, she works as Assistant Director of SCCA-Ljubljana.

Pop Pills is an ambitiously designed book that explores the issues of an adolescent medicalized generation in the United States.

While lecturing at a workshop in 2008, French photographer Baptiste Lignel in 2008 was surprised to find that almost half of his class were on prescribed psychiatric medication. Upon carrying out statistic research, his findings prompted him to begin a seven-year project in which he followed nine children and teens who were being treated for various mental illnesses, anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Every few years he met with participants and documented their mental health, their healing process and their views on both. The photographer had equipped the first-person accounts by children who are transformed into young adults with portraits in different life stages, depicting his subjects with their daily dose of tablets in their hands, and then capturing them in a natural and relaxed environment in which they seem almost “normal”. The author has combined the researched material with pop culture and everyday images (e.g. promo products of pharmaceutical companies, designer t-shirts with tablets bottles printed on them), which outline how widespread the phenomenon is in the modern world, and finished with a study on the abuse of drugs for recreational and academic purposes. In an extremely informative and at the same time visually very attractive way, this work raises the issue of medicalization pro et contra, promoting research, discussion and criticism.

Baptiste Lignel: Pop Pills - The Usage of Behavior Medication by Kids in the U.S.A., Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2016.

Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2016
221 pages
ISBN 978-2-9543839-3-4

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