In the process of growing up, we all must try to find ourselves amid a hailstorm of cultural, scholastic and entertainment influences. Early 1990s childhood experiences do of course vary greatly, but there are some things that most of my peers can understand or relate to: films, television, comic books, music, friends, school, crushes, teasing, parents, teachers, crazes, fads, and the influence of the United States. These were the things which we collectively shared, but then there were those which were unique, which made us wholly original.
Since I began curating in 2010, I have found the exhibitions which I have curated becoming ever more personal, very much linked to my own biography. Whilst I am influenced by the texts and images which I continue to be exposed to, a deep nostalgia for my youth underlies much of my curatorial practice. This series of personal essays is a study of my youth, offering a potential insight into my curatorial practice which cannot be found in the exhibition material itself. Whilst human memory often allows more room for fiction and invention than we realise, these essays are as honest and accurate as possible.
Ben Crothers, May 2013.
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