"THE KID" - VACANT GALLERY - TOKYO - AUGUST 13TH, 2011
"The first print I ever showed was an image of Camila. Later, I used that same image for the cover of my first book, "Lose My Number". I spent the subsequent months fielding endless questions about whether she was a boy or a girl, 12 or 25, and where people (of both genders) could find her to date her.
Camila was an early inspiration because she embodies so many of the things I find most exciting in young women: freedom, a genderless beauty, a nationless complexion, and the strength and wildness to do everything the boys do, but her way. Reminiscent of a young wolf, Camila's presence was equally as fascinating to others as it was to me.
Camila is 23 years old, of Venezuelan origin, and she works as a chef in Brooklyn. She skateboards and surfs in every free moment she has, and loves as hard as she falls.
In this room, you see her both in the jungle of her birthplace - on acid, leaping through waterfalls - and moving like a little panther through the concrete jungle city she now calls home, New York.
"The Kid" presents 22 portraits of Camila. These are a document of the growth I have seen in her over the last two years of our friendship, and together they honor an exceptional, wild little spirit who I will never forget. "
© Copyright, iO Tillett Wright 2012